• IPA: /dəˈlaɪt/, /dɪˈlaɪt/


  1. Joy; pleasure.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Book of Proverbs 18.2,
      A fool hath no delight in understanding.
    • circa 1611 William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act III, Scene 2,
      […] the isle is full of noises,
      Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
  2. Something that gives great joy or pleasure.
    • 1580, Greensleeves,
      Greensleeves was all my joy / Greensleeves was my delight, […]
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 5, lines 17-19,
      […] Awake
      My fairest, my espous’d, my latest found,
      Heav’ns last best gift, my ever new delight,
Translations Verb

delight (delights, present participle delighting; past and past participle delighted)

  1. To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly.
    • 1580, Greensleeves:
      For I have loved you well and long, / Delighting in your company.
    • 1842, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King#The Passing of Arthur:
      Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds.
    A beautiful landscape delights the eye.
  2. (intransitive) To have or take great pleasure.
    • 1908, T.J. Griffths, The Cambrian (volume 28, page 504)
      He was an eisteddfodwr and delighted to hear good singing, whether it was in the sanctuary or at the eisteddfodic gatherings.
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