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delight Explained

delight at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


delight at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1225, delit, from O.Fr. delit, from delitier "please greatly, charm," from L. delectare "to allure, delight," freq. of delicere "entice" (see delicious). Spelled delite until 16c. when it changed under infl. of light, flight, etc. ///

delight at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

1 [U] a feeling of great pleasure and satisfaction: with/in delight// --The kids were screaming with delight.// to sb's delight/to the delight of sb// --To the delight of his proud parents, he has made a full recovery.// squeal/gasp/cry etc of delight // --She gave a little gasp of delight.//
2 [C] something that makes you feel very happy or satisfied: the delights of sth// --a chance to sample the delights of nearby Vienna// it is a delight to do sth // --It was a delight to see him so fit and healthy.//
3 take delight in (doing) sth: to enjoy something very much, especially something you should not do// --Chris takes great delight in teasing his sister.//
delight 2 v [T] [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: delit, from Latin delectare 'to please greatly', from delicere 'to attract']// to give someone great satisfaction and enjoyment// --Her fabulous recipes will delight anyone who loves chocolate.// delight sb with sth// --He is delighting audiences with his wit and humour.// delight in [delight in sth] phr v// to enjoy something very much, especially something that other people think is not nice// --He delights in complicating everything.// --She delighted in interesting conversation.//

delight at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

179 Moby Thesaurus words for "delight":
a thing for, adore, affinity, allure, amuse, appreciate, aptitude,
aptness, attract, be in heaven, be pleased, beam, beatification,
beatitude, becharm, beguile, bent, bewitch, bewitchment, bias,
blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, caper, captivate, caracole,
carol, carry away, cast, charm, cheer, cheerfulness, chirp,
chirrup, clap hands, cloud nine, conatus, conduciveness,
contentment, convulse, crow, crow over, dance, delectate,
delectation, delight in, diathesis, die with delight, disposition,
divert, eagerness, ecstasy, ecstatics, elation, enchant,
enchantment, enjoy, enjoyment, enliven, enrapture, enravish,
entertain, enthrall, entrance, exaltation, excite, exhilarate,
exhilaration, exuberance, exult, fascinate, feel happy,
feeling for, felicity, fracture one, freak out, frisk, frolic,
fruition, gaiety, gambol, gladden, gladness, glee, gloat,
gloat over, glory, glory in, go into raptures, gratification,
gratify, happify, happiness, heaven, high spirits, hilarity,
imparadise, inclination, intoxication, jollity, joy, joyance,
joyfulness, jubilate, kill, knock dead, knock out, laugh, leaning,
liability, like, liking, lilt, loosen up, love, mirth,
overhappiness, overjoyfulness, paradise, penchant, please,
pleasure, predilection, predisposition, prejudice, probability,
proclivity, proneness, propensity, purr, raise a laugh,
raise a smile, rapture, ravish, ravishment, readiness, recreate,
refresh, regale, rejoice, relax, relish, revel, revel in, rollick,
romp, satisfaction, satisfy, savor, send, sensitivity to,
seventh heaven, sing, skip, skip for joy, slay, smile, soft spot,
solace, sunshine, susceptibility, take great satisfaction,
tendency, thrill, tickle, tickle pink, titillate, transport,
tread on air, triumph, tropism, turn, twist, unalloyed happiness,
warp, weakness, whistle, willingness, wow

delight at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Pleasure): pleasure, gratification, enjoyment, delectation, relish, zest, gusto, satisfaction, well-being, snugness, comfort, ease, joy, gladness, delight, glee, cheer, cheerfulness, amusement

[V] (Pleasure): be pleased, feel pleasure, enjoy, take pleasure in, delight in, rejoice in, indulge in, luxuriate in, gloat over, relish, like, love, take to, take a fancy to, have a liking for.

[V] (Pleasantness): give pleasure, please, charm, delight, gladden, make cheerful, captivate, fascinate, enchant, entrance, enrapture, transport, bewitch, bless, satisfy, gratify, slake, satiate, quench, indulge.

delight at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
1 [U] a feeling of great pleasure:
a feeling of sheer / pure delight * The children squealed with delight when they saw the puppy. * She won the game easily, to the delight of all her fans. * He takes (great) delight in (= enjoys) proving others wrong.
2 [C] something that gives you great pleasure:
This guitar is a delight to play. * the delights of living in the country * the unrivalled culinary delights of the hotel
verb [VN] to give sb a lot of pleasure and enjoyment:
This news will delight his fans all over the world.
delight in sth / doing sth [no passive] to enjoy doing sth very much, especially sth that makes other people feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, etc.

Delight at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Delight \De*light"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Delighted}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Delighting}.] [OE. deliten, OF. delitier, deleitier,
F. d['e]lecter, fr. L. delectare to entice away, to delight
(sc. by attracting or alluring), intens. of delicere to
allure, delight; de- + lacere to entice, allure; cf. laqueus
a snare. Cf. {Delectate}, {Delicate}, {Delicious},
{Dilettante}, {Elicit}, {Lace}.]
To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please
highly; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony
delights the ear.

Inventions to delight the taste. --Shak.

Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds.

Delight \De*light"\, v. i.
To have or take great delight or pleasure; to be greatly
pleased or rejoiced; -- followed by an infinitive, or by in.

Love delights in praises. --Shak.

I delight to do thy will, O my God. --Ps. xl. 8.

Delight \De*light"\, n. [OE. delit, OF. delit, deleit, fr.
delitier, to delight. See {Delight}, v. t.]
1. A high degree of gratification of mind; a high- wrought
state of pleasurable feeling; lively pleasure; extreme
satisfaction; joy.

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt
not. --Shak.

A fool hath no delight in understanding. --Prov.
xviii. 2.

2. That which gives great pleasure or delight.

Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight.

3. Licentious pleasure; lust. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

delight at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; "his delight
to see her was obvious to all" [syn: {delectation}]
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}, {pleasure}]
v 1: give pleasure to or be pleasing to; "These colors please the
senses"; "a pleasing sensation" [syn: {please}] [ant: {displease}]
2: take delight in; "he delights in his granddaughter" [syn: {enjoy},
3: hold spellbound [syn: {enchant}, {enrapture}, {transport}, {enthrall},
{ravish}, {enthral}] [ant: {disenchant}]

delight at English (WD) Of Explained:



A wrong spelling, in imitation of words like Inter: term » light, Inter: term » might, etc.; the analogical modern spelling would be Inter: term » delite;, from Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » deliten, from Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » deleiter, Inter: term » deliter, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » delectare||to delight, please, frequentative of Inter: term » delicere||to allure; see delicate.


* Inter: IPA » /dəˈlaɪt/|/dɪˈlaɪt/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-delight.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » aɪt


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • joy; pleasure


    Inter: trans-top » joy, pleasure
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|فرجة|f|tr=furja
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|наслада|f, Inter: t+ » bg|удоволствие|n
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|delit|m, Inter: t+ » ca|plaer|m
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|vreugde|f, Inter: t+ » nl|plezier|n
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ilo
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|plaisir, Inter: t+ » fr|délice, Inter: t+ » fr|joie
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Freude|f, Inter: t+ » de|Entzückung|f, Inter: t- » de|Wohlgefallen|n
    • Greek: Inter: t- » el|χαρά, ευφροσύνη|f|tr=harà, efrosini|sc=Grek
    • : Ancient: Inter: tø » grc|τέρψις|f|sc=polytonic
    • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|खुश|sc=Deva
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|boldogság, Inter: t+ » hu|öröm
    • Ido: Inter: t+ » io|delekteso
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|delizia|f
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|기쁨|sc=Kore, Inter: t+ » ko|즐거움|sc=Kore

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Old English: Inter: t- » ang|wynn|f
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|radość|f, Inter: t- » pl|rozkosz|f, Inter: t+ » pl|przyjemność|f, Inter: t+ » pl|zachwyt|m
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|deleite
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|deliciu|n, Inter: t- » ro|desfătare|f, Inter: t- » ro|plăcere|f, Inter: t+ » ro|juisare|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|счастье|n|sc=Cyrl
  • Sanskrit: Inter: t- » sa|सुख|sc=Deva
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|sogan|m
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|срећа|f|sc=Cyrl
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|sreća|f|sc=Latn
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|deleite, Inter: t- » es|regocijo, Inter: t- » es|delicia|f, Inter: t+ » es|placer|m, Inter: t- » es|delectación|f, Inter: t+ » es|gozo|m
  • Thai: Inter: t- » th|สุข|tr=suk|sc=Thai
  • Urdu: Inter: t+ » ur|خوش|sc=ur-Arab

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Derived terms

    * undelight
    • delightful


      Inter: en-ver » b

  • To give pleasure to.

    Derived terms

    * delight in

    Related terms

    * delicacy
  • delicate
  • delicatessen
  • delicious


    Inter: trans-top » to give pleasure to
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|доставям удоволствие
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|bevallen, Inter: t+ » nl|behagen
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ilahduttaa, Inter: t- » fi|riemastuttaa
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|enchanter, Inter: t+ » fr|ravir, Inter: t- » fr|prendre plaisir à, Inter: t- » fr|se délecter de

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|deliziare
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|cieszyć, Inter: t- » pl|radować, Inter: t+ » pl|zachwycać
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|regocijar
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|glädja

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    External links

    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
  • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1


    * glideth
  • lighted

  • Translation: cs » delight
    Translation: de » delight
    Translation: et » delight
    Translation: el » delight
    Translation: es » delight
    Translation: fa » delight
    Translation: fr » delight
    Translation: ko » delight
    Translation: io » delight
    Translation: it » delight
    Translation: kn » delight
    Translation: ku » delight
    Translation: li » delight
    Translation: hu » delight
    Translation: mg » delight
    Translation: ml » delight
    Translation: my » delight
    Translation: ja » delight
    Translation: pl » delight
    Translation: pt » delight
    Translation: ro » delight
    Translation: ru » delight
    Category: simple:delight -
    Translation: fi » delight
    Translation: sv » delight
    Translation: ta » delight
    Translation: te » delight
    Translation: th » delight
    Translation: vi » delight
    Translation: zh » delight