4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pleasure \Pleas"ure\, noun [F. plaisir, originally an infinitive. See {Please}.]

1. The gratification of the senses or of the mind; agreeable sensations or emotions; the excitement, relish, or happiness produced by the expectation or the enjoyment of something good, delightful, or satisfying; -- opposed to {pain}, {sorrow}, etc.

At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. --Ps. xvi. 11.

2. Amusement; sport; diversion; self-indulgence; frivolous or dissipating enjoyment; hence, sensual gratification; -- opposed to labor, service, duty, self-denial, etc. "Not sunk in carnal pleasure." --Milton.

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man. --Prov. xxi. 17.

Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. --2 Tim. iii. 4.

3. What the will dictates or prefers as gratifying or satisfying; hence, will; choice; wish; purpose. "He will do his pleasure on Babylon." --Isa. xlviii. 14.

Use your pleasure; if your love do not presuade you to come, let not my letter. --Shak.

4. That which pleases; a favor; a gratification. --Shak.

Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure --Acts xxv. 9.

{At pleasure}, by arbitrary will or choice. --Dryden.

{To take pleasure in}, to have enjoyment in. --Ps. cxlvii. 11.

Note: Pleasure is used adjectively, or in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, pleasure boat, pleasure ground; pleasure house, etc.

Syn: Enjoyment; gratification; satisfaction; comfort; solace; joy; gladness; delight; will; choice; preference; purpose; command; favor; kindness.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pleasure \Pleas"ure\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Pleasured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pleasuring}.] To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify. --Shak.

[Rolled] his hoop to pleasure Edith. --Tennyson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pleasure \Pleas"ure\, verb (used without an object) To take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure; as, to go pleasuring.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure" [syn: {pleasure}, {pleasance}] [ant: {pain}, {painfulness}]

2: something or someone that provides a source of happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his company"; "the new car is a delight" [syn: {joy}, {delight}, {pleasure}]

3: a formal expression; "he serves at the pleasure of the President"

4: an activity that affords enjoyment; "he puts duty before pleasure"

5: sexual gratification; "he took his pleasure of her"

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