joy - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a feeling of great happiness

    There were tears of joy in her eyes.

    do something with/for joy:

    Penny could have shouted with joy.

    joy at (doing) something:

    He could hardly contain his joy at seeing her again.

    to someone’s joy:

    To my joy, the meeting was cancelled.

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  2. 2
    [countable] something that makes you feel very happy or pleased
    the joy of (doing) something:

    Discover the joys of skiing.

    be a joy to do something:

    It was a real joy to see the children playing happily together at last.

    sheer joy:

    Jonathan flies for the sheer joy of exploring what he can do.

    a joy to watch:

    Her delight was a joy to watch.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] [always in negatives or questions] British mainly spoken success in doing something

    Have you had any joy getting someone to fix your central heating?

    I tried to call her earlier, but no joy.

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