pleas|ure [ `pleʒər ] noun ***
1. ) uncount a feeling of happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction:
He smiled with pleasure when she walked in.
get pleasure from (doing) something: I get a lot of pleasure from traveling.
give/bring pleasure to someone: His books have given enormous pleasure to many people.
great pleasure: She gets great pleasure from her garden.
a ) count something that makes you feel happy and satisfied:
In his later years, he found music to be one of the greatest pleasures in life.
After the operation she was able to enjoy simple pleasures such as a walk in the park.
2. ) uncount the activity of relaxing and enjoying yourself instead of working:
I never have time to read for pleasure.
for business or pleasure: The customs official asked him if he was traveling for business or pleasure.
it's a pleasure to do something SPOKEN FORMAL
used for emphasizing that you are very happy or proud to do something:
It's a great pleasure to introduce the distinguished actor, Jason Robards, Jr.
(it's a) pleasure to meet you SPOKEN FORMAL
used when you meet someone for the first time
(it's) my pleasure SPOKEN FORMAL
used when someone thanks you as a polite way of saying that you were happy to help them:
Thanks so much for helping us with our bags. My pleasure.
take/find pleasure in (doing) something
1. ) to enjoy doing something very much:
We bought an old barn and took great pleasure in rebuilding it.
2. ) to enjoy doing something unpleasant to someone else:
He took great pleasure in pointing out my mistakes.
with pleasure SPOKEN FORMAL
used for saying that you are happy to do something when someone makes a request:
Could you give me a ride home? With pleasure.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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