Definition of pleasure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpleZHər/


1A feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment: she smiled with pleasure at being praised
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  • Perhaps if he had been more concerned with self-advancement he might not have fallen into obscurity - but would he then have produced such happy music for our pleasure?
  • Everyone present expressed satisfaction, approval, pleasure and delight at being in attendance.
  • There was no uncertainty, no wavering, no hesitation, nor was there any mirth, any pleasure, any satisfaction.
1.1Enjoyment and entertainment, contrasted with things done out of necessity: she had not traveled for pleasure for a long time
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  • Some parts of the building are for entertainment, pleasure, and relaxation; others for work and for meeting outsiders.
  • Glasgow has become a place of leisure, pleasure and entertainment.
  • There's a problem here, an interesting one if one is concerned about reading as an act of pleasure as opposed to literature as a field of scholarship.
1.2An event or activity from which one derives enjoyment: the car makes driving in the city a pleasure
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  • I resist the view that the pleasures of fiction derive from its purely thought-experimental aspects.
  • It is undoubtedly true that the pleasures of smoking are derived from the actions of nicotine on the central nervous system.
  • His own interest in food lay in the pleasures to be derived from it.
joy, amusement, diversion, recreation, pastime;
treat, thrill
1.3Sensual gratification.
Example sentences
  • The pain receded, the feeling of sensual pleasure slid away from her.
  • I'm quite disappointed in myself; I expected I'd sneak a smoke here in New York, just for the sheer sensual pleasure of it.
  • There's a predictable but effective sensual pleasure here.
hedonism, indulgence, self-indulgence, self-gratification, lotus-eating


Used or intended for entertainment rather than business: pleasure boats
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  • This is why Taiwan is staking a claim by moving to a higher end product and allowing China to soak up the less prestigious and demanding pleasure boat business.
  • The pleasure business is clearly a successful one.
  • Southend Airport today launched a major campaign to revive short-haul business and pleasure flights to Europe.


[with object]
1Give sexual enjoyment or satisfaction to: tell me what will pleasure you
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  • It is a wonderful, and natural, way of releasing sexual tension, and pleasuring one's self.
  • The small motel room echoed with her moans of satisfaction and his sighs of pleasuring her.
  • Which newsreader was fired by her network telly bosses after security video managed to catch her orally pleasuring a lucky pilot on the station's roof top helicopter pad?
1.1 [no object] (pleasure in) Derive enjoyment from: risky verbal exchanges that the pair might pleasure in
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  • They are a kind of pleasuring in the language.
  • My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity and I pleasured in the thought.



at someone's pleasure

As and when someone wishes: the landlord could terminate the agreement at his pleasure
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  • It was never enough to read and fill my mind with rich thoughts, to call upon at my pleasure, for I wished to summon them all at once in a moment of supreme consciousness.
  • The next morning you can loaf around at your pleasure, and in the afternoon there will be a demonstration of a back massage, followed by gentle exercise and some stimulating oils to prepare you for your journey home.
  • They don't value families; they value having the authority to control others or punish them at their pleasure.

have the pleasure of something

Used in formal requests and descriptions: he asked if he might have the pleasure of taking her to lunch
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  • Now someone else is going to have the pleasure of it, and it may be that he or she will appreciate it even more than I would.
  • ‘I don't think that person's going to have the pleasure of it,’ I said.
  • For those who have never had the pleasure of a flight into a combat zone, let me describe your loss.

my pleasure

Used as a polite reply to thanks: “Oh, thank you!” “My pleasure.”
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  • ‘It was my pleasure,’ he replied as he pulled out a half a loaf of bread, some meat and cheese.
  • Plus I will buy you a drink or even several… believe me, that would be my pleasure.
  • Besides, it was my pleasure to review you in the first place.

take pleasure in

Derive happiness or enjoyment from: they take a perverse pleasure in causing trouble
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  • Your partner may also love it or will simply take pleasure in your happiness.
  • Happiness is the art of taking pleasure in what you have.
  • Whether you're a city dweller or a country bumpkin like myself, it seems that we all take pleasure in what nature holds for us.
enjoy, delight in, love, like, adore, appreciate, relish, savor, revel in, glory in
informal get a kick out of, get a thrill out of

what's your pleasure?

What would you like? (used especially when offering someone a choice): “What’s your pleasure?” “A cappuccino, please.”
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  • What's your guilty pleasure film wise?
  • Come on tell me. What's your pleasure? Vodka and cherry. Shaken, not stirred.
wish, desire, preference, will, inclination, choice

with pleasure

Gladly (used to express polite agreement or acceptance).
Example sentences
  • I was flattered and somewhat surprised, but accepted with pleasure.
  • He was in fact the worker of extraordinary things, the teacher of men who accept the truth with pleasure.
  • In front of the goals, Malcolm Ross accepted the ball with pleasure and he scored seven goals.
gladly, willingly, happily, readily;
by all means, of course
archaic fain


Late Middle English: from Old French plaisir 'to please' (used as a noun). The second syllable was altered under the influence of abstract nouns ending in -ure, such as measure.

Words that rhyme with pleasure

leisure, made-to-measure, measure, treasure

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pleas·ure

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