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noun     pleasure pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] 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 travelling.

    give/bring pleasure to someone:

    His books have given enormous pleasure to many people.

    great pleasure:

    She gets great pleasure from her garden.

    1. a.
      [countable] 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. 2
    [uncountable] the activity of relaxing and enjoying yourself rather than working

    I never have time to read for pleasure.

    for business or pleasure:

    The customs official asked him if he was travelling for business or pleasure.


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