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  • Give — (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth. giban. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pleasure — [plezh′ər] n. [ME, altered < plesir < MFr plaiser, orig. inf.: see PLEASE] 1. a pleased feeling; enjoyment; delight; satisfaction 2. one s wish, will, or choice [what is your pleasure?] 3. a thing that gives delight or satisfaction 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • pleasure — ► NOUN 1) a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment. 2) an event or activity from which one derives enjoyment. 3) (before another noun ) intended for entertainment rather than business: pleasure boats. 4) sensual gratification. ► VERB ▪ give… …   English terms dictionary

  • give — [giv] vt. gave, given, giving [ME given (with g < ON gefa, to give), yeven < OE giefan, akin to Ger geben < IE base * ghabh , to grasp, take > L habere, to have: the special Gmc sense of this base results from its use as a substitute… …   English World dictionary

  • pleasure — n. 1) to afford, give pleasure (it gives me great pleasure to present the next speaker) 2) to feel; find, take pleasure in 3) to derive pleasure from 4) to forgo a pleasure 5) a genuine, real; rare pleasure 6) a pleasure to + inf. (it s a… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pleasure — noun 1 ENJOYMENT (U) the feeling of happiness or satisfaction that you get from an experience you enjoy: The children used to get a lot of pleasure out of that game when they were young. | give/bring pleasure: Small gifts give pleasure and don t… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pleasure — I. noun Etymology: Middle English plesure, alteration of plesir, from Anglo French plaisir, from plaisir to please Date: 14th century 1. desire, inclination < wait upon his pleasure Shakespeare > 2. a state of gratification 3. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pleasure — pleasureful, adj. pleasureless, adj. pleasurelessly, adv. /plezh euhr/, n., v., pleasured, pleasuring. n. 1. the state or feeling of being pleased. 2. enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one s liking; gratification; delight. 3.… …   Universalium

  • pleasure — /ˈplɛʒə / (say plezhuh) noun 1. the state or feeling of being pleased. 2. enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one s liking; gratification; delight. 3. worldly or frivolous enjoyment: the pursuit of pleasure. 4. sensual gratification …   Australian-English dictionary

  • pleasure — pleas•ure [[t]ˈplɛʒ ər[/t]] n. v. ured, ur•ing 1) enjoyment or satisfaction derived from something that is to one s liking; gratification; delight 2) a cause or source of enjoyment or delight: It was a pleasure to see you[/ex] 3) worldly or… …   From formal English to slang

  • pleasure — {{11}}pleasure (n.) late 14c., condition of enjoyment, from O.Fr. plesir enjoyment, delight (12c.), from plaisir (v.) to please, from L. placere (see PLEASE (Cf. please) (v.)). Ending altered in English 14c. by influence of words in ure (measure …   Etymology dictionary


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