Hypertext Webster Gateway: "pleasure"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pleasure \Pleas"ure\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pleasured}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Pleasuring}.]
To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify. --Shak.

[Rolled] his hoop to pleasure Edith. --Tennyson.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pleasure \Pleas"ure\, v. i.
To take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure; as, to go

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pleasure \Pleas"ure\, n. [F. plaisir, originally an infinitive.
See {Please}.]
1. The gratification of the senses or of the mind; agreeable
sensations or emotions; the excitement, relish, or
happiness produced by the expectation or the enjoyment of
something good, delightful, or satisfying; -- opposed to
{pain}, {sorrow}, etc.

At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
--Ps. xvi. 11.

2. Amusement; sport; diversion; self-indulgence; frivolous or
dissipating enjoyment; hence, sensual gratification; --
opposed to labor, service, duty, self-denial, etc. ``Not
sunk in carnal pleasure.'' --Milton.

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man. --Prov.
xxi. 17.

Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. --2
Tim. iii. 4.

3. What the will dictates or prefers as gratifying or
satisfying; hence, will; choice; wish; purpose. ``He will
do his pleasure on Babylon.'' --Isa. xlviii. 14.

Use your pleasure; if your love do not presuade you
to come, let not my letter. --Shak.

4. That which pleases; a favor; a gratification. --Shak.

Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure --Acts
xxv. 9.

{At pleasure}, by arbitrary will or choice. --Dryden.

{To take pleasure in}, to have enjoyment in. --Ps. cxlvii.

Note: Pleasure is used adjectively, or in the formation of
self-explaining compounds; as, pleasure boat, pleasure
ground; pleasure house, etc.

Syn: Enjoyment; gratification; satisfaction; comfort; solace;
joy; gladness; delight; will; choice; preference;
purpose; command; favor; kindness.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people
desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure"
[syn: {pleasance}] [ant: {pain}]
2: something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of
happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his
company"; "the new car is a delight" [syn: {joy}, {delight}]
3: a formal expression; "he serves at the pleasure of the
4: an activity that affords enjoyment; "he puts duty before
5: sexual gratification; "he took his pleasure of her"

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