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delight

de·light

delight

 
pronunciation:
d laIt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: considerable pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment.
Being with her grandchildren is her greatest source of delight.The roller coaster brings delight to many riders, but it brings terror to others.He takes delight in teasing his sister.
synonyms:
delectation, enjoyment, pleasure
antonyms:
aversion, disappointment, disgust, displeasure, revulsion, wrath
similar words:
amusement, bliss, content, contentment, ecstasy, elation, felicity, gratification, happiness, joy, jubilation, jubilee, rapture, satisfaction
definition 2: a source of considerable pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment.
That child is such a delight!Cotton candy was always one of the delights of going to the circus.
synonyms:
joy, pleasure
antonyms:
aversion, disappointment, horror
similar words:
charm, enjoyment, felicity, gratification
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: delighted, delighting, delights
definition: to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to.
He delighted us with his wildly funny stories.
synonyms:
charm, enchant, entrance, gratify, please, thrill
antonyms:
anguish, disgust, dismay, displease
similar words:
amuse, cheer, enrapture, gladden, pleasure, tickle, titillate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to take or find pleasure (usu. followed by in).
As a couple, they delight in fine wines.
synonyms:
rejoice, revel
antonyms:
anguish
similar words:
exult, indulge, joy, luxuriate, thrill
definition 2: to cause considerable pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment.
Here is a gift that is guaranteed to delight.
synonyms:
charm, please
antonyms:
appall, displease
similar words:
allure, satisfy, thrill
derivation: delighted (adj.)
Word Builder: delight +
  • delighted:
    happy.
  • delightful:
    causing delight.
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