ADJ. considerable, deep, enormous, great, intense It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome my next guest. | genuine, real | pure, sheer | quiet The audience nodded with quiet pleasure at her remark. | obvious | endless Children find endless pleasure in playing with water. | malicious, perverse, sadistic | vicarious He gained vicarious pleasure from watching people laughing and joking. | aesthetic, physical, sensual, sexual
VERB + PLEASURE bring (sb), give (sb), provide | derive, find, gain, get, take My grandfather got immense pleasure out of life until the end.
PREP. for ~ Some people read for pleasure, and others read to study. | with ~ His eyes lit up with pleasure. | ~ at He beamed with pleasure at seeing her. | ~ from She was deriving a perverse pleasure from his discomfort. | ~ in They took great pleasure in each other's company.
PHRASES business and pleasure I often meet useful people at parties, so I combine business with pleasure. | have the pleasure of sth May I have the pleasure of the next dance?
2 sth that makes you happy
ADJ. great | doubtful, dubious the dubious pleasure of growing up in the public eye | little, simple one of life's little pleasures | fleeting, momentary, temporary
VERB + PLEASURE have (formal) I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you again. | enjoy | forego
PLEASURE + NOUN boat, craft
PHRASES the pleasures of life She enjoys the simple pleasures of life. | the pleasures of the flesh Priests promise to forego the pleasures of the flesh.