• (RP) IPA: /ˈplɛʒə/
  • (GA) enPR: plĕzhʹər, IPA: /ˈplɛʒɚ/


  1. (uncountable) A state of being pleased or contented; gratification.
    Synonyms: delight, gladness, gratification, happiness, indulgence, satisfaction
    Antonyms: displeasure, pain
    He remembered with pleasure his home and family.
    I get a lot of pleasure from watching others work hard while I relax.
  2. (countable) A person, thing or action that causes enjoyment.
    Synonyms: delight, joy
    It was a pleasure to meet you.
    Having a good night's sleep is one of life's little pleasures.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Acts 25:9 ↗:
      Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure
  3. (uncountable) One's preference.
    Synonyms: desire, fancy, want, will, wish
    What is your pleasure: coffee or tea?
  4. (formal, uncountable) The will or desire of someone or some agency in power.
    Synonyms: discretion
    to hold an office at pleasure: to hold it indefinitely until it is revoked
    to be imprisoned at Her Majesty's pleasureupright : to be imprisoned indefinitely
    at Congress's pleasure: whenever or as long as Congress desires
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Isaiah48 14: ↗:
      He will do his pleasure on Babylon.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Use your pleasure; if your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Interjection
  1. pleased to meet you, "It's my pleasure"

pleasure (pleasures, present participle pleasuring; past and past participle pleasured)

  1. (transitive) To give or afford pleasure to.
    Synonyms: please, gratify
    • 1864, Alfred Tennyson, “Aylmer’s Field”, in Enoch Arden, &c., London: Edward Moxon & Co., […], OCLC 879237670 ↗, page 55 ↗:
      [H]e / [...] / Had tost his ball and flown his kite, and roll'd / His hoop to pleasure Edith, [...]
  2. (transitive) To give sexual pleasure to.
    Johnny pleasured Jackie orally last night.
  3. (intransitive, dated) To take pleasure; to seek or pursue pleasure.
    to go pleasuring
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