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delight

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a cry of pain/despair/delight etc
▪ A rock was loose and he fell with a sharp cry of surprise.
a delighted grin
▪ ‘I've managed to fix it!’ she said, with a delighted grin.
a scream of laughter/delight
▪ We could hear the children’s screams of laughter.
a yell of surprise/delight/triumph etc
▪ Dan gave a yell of delight when Larsson scored.
be excited/thrilled/delighted etc at the prospect (of sth)
▪ I was excited at the prospect of going to Washington.
childlike delight/wonder/excitement
▪ The sight filled her with childlike excitement.
culinary delights (=food that tastes very good)
▪ the region’s culinary delights
greet the news with surprise/delight etcformal (= react to the news in a particular way)
▪ Fans greeted the news of the victory with a loud cheer.
pure joy/pleasure/delight
▪ Lucinda flashed him a smile of pure joy.
sample the delights of
▪ Here’s your chance to sample the delights of country life.
scream with laughter/delight
▪ She threw her head back and screamed with laughter.
shiver with cold/fear/delight etc
▪ She shivered with fear and anger.
take delight/pleasure/pride etc in (doing) sth
▪ You should take pride in your work.
▪ At first, he took no interest in the baby.
Turkish delight
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
culinary
▪ Or whatever ethnic culinary delights you are offered.
▪ This is one of the many New York culinary delights that appear only in ersatz forms outside the city.
▪ She might not be able to manage one of Marguerite's culinary delights, but at least she could cook herself a meal.
▪ Guests were full of praise for the culinary delights, and the branch was able to add £527 to its funds.
great
▪ They give me very great pleasure and delight.
▪ He has almost given up hunting which was his greatest delight.
▪ To my great delight they all did comfortably worse than Arosa.
▪ On the contrary: I took great delight in my thinness and saw it as the embodiment of my strength and virtue.
▪ He seemed to take great delight in taking the church for a ride.
▪ He thought it best that she not know his great delight.
▪ That was the great delight in discovering Jung.
▪ Like music, the better one knows the score, the greater the delight and reward one gains from reading it.
pure
▪ With stylish roman numerals, gold-plated case and soft leather strap, these elegant watches are a pure delight to wear.
▪ As I set off I had a fleeting glimpse of the leer of pure delight on Simkin's face.
sheer
▪ In the end, the poems must be read as expressions of sheer delight in friendship.
▪ It has been sheer delight for them.
▪ Birdsong and rebirth and the sheer undiluted delight of living creatures awaking to face another day.
▪ Utterly daft and unsophisticated, it elevated Allen to the very head of the children's table - and is sheer delight.
▪ A sheer delight A simple style and a light touch can be all you need to create a stunning window treatment.
▪ Imagine yourself in a beautiful garden, dancing across the lawns in sheer delight.
■ VERB
cry
▪ Several times he cried his delight and hugged his father.
▪ I know and name a few of her train stops and she cries out with delight.
express
▪ She shut herself in out of the drizzling rain, and expressed her delight with everything.
▪ The band often finds a radio-ravaged fan after a show who expresses surprise and delight in the retro sound.
▪ They then began to light bonfires, expressing their delight.
▪ Picasso and Léger continued to express their delight in the seen world.
▪ He landed at Durlston and expressed his delight at the beautiful scenery and pure air.
laugh
▪ Gaily shook his head and, watching them, Florence Ames laughed with delight.
▪ The crowd began to clap, and some of them laughed with delight.
▪ Despite her vehement protests, he hauled her enfeebled body inside and turned, laughing with delight.
sample
▪ I had been quite looking forward to sampling its unsavoury delights.
▪ If you want the chance to sample these delights for yourself, enter our competition today!
shiver
▪ She was shivering with delight and pent-up desire.
squeal
▪ I was squealing with delight at the tricks his middle finger was playing when suddenly Captain leapt on us growling.
▪ The children squealed with delight when Karen tallied up the poker chips and announced that Jennifer and Bryan had the highest scores.
▪ Victoria squealed in delight as Stephen caught the erupting bubbles in three tall tulip glasses.
▪ He heard them squealing with delight.
▪ Stickit squealed in delight, waving at the ant figures far below.
▪ Their high voices squealing with delight when Carla mispronounced some word they coaxed her to repeat.
▪ She squealed with delight as she recognised him instantly.
▪ Then she flung herself on to his stomach, squealing with delight, and he began to tickle her.
take
▪ Not one took any delight or pride in what he had done.
▪ On the contrary: I took great delight in my thinness and saw it as the embodiment of my strength and virtue.
▪ The first verse concludes: We live at our pleasure, and take our delight.
▪ We come away well-pleased with ourselves, perhaps, but seldom have we taken the least delight in others' efforts.
▪ Nor did they necessarily take any delight in the state-centred approach.
▪ Stan seems to take a mischievous delight in turning up specimens under people's noses.
▪ He seemed to take great delight in taking the church for a ride.
▪ You take delight in vexing me.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be glad/delighted/pleased etc to see the back of sb/sth
be in a transport of delight/joy etc
be transported with delight/joy etc
hug yourself with joy/delight etc
unholy amusement/delight/pleasure
you will be delighted/pleased etc to know (that)
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Horton takes great delight in learning.
▪ Imagine our delight when we saw your article in the New Yorker.
▪ Paul's delight at being asked to play the piano for us was clear.
▪ Robin laughed with delight as the birthday cake was carried in.
▪ To the audience's delight, she agreed to do another number.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ All the build up of delight shrivelled and stripped Jay to lonely self-scourging.
▪ He is also a great friend of the Festival, and it will be a delight to have him with us again.
▪ Is it not a form of self desecration not to cultivate this primeval delight in flowers?
▪ Like most other volumes in the Compass Guide series, the book is a delight to look at and read.
▪ Mrs Foster encouraged the staff to avail themselves of the lodge's delights.
▪ The study of Scripture, he suggested, did nothing to hinder an inquisitive man's delight in the study of nature.
▪ With stylish roman numerals, gold-plated case and soft leather strap, these elegant watches are a pure delight to wear.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
in
▪ After all, the role of the other woman was hardly one she delighted in.
▪ There was nothing too small to delight in.
▪ Gainsbourg seems to have delighted in his role as a cultural enfant terrible.
▪ Interspersed are glosses on cyber-history of the sort that Time and Newsweek have been delighting in since the middle of 1995.
■ NOUN
audience
▪ Critchley then developed the alternative career that delighted the wide audience that enjoyed his witty political comment.
▪ The delighted audience seemed not to notice.
▪ Issey Miyake continues to delight audiences at his beautiful shows by determining his own uniquely futuristic fashion logic.
▪ A decade later and it is still tackling the controversial issues and delighting its loyal audience.
response
▪ So we were delighted by the interested response of visitors.
▪ However we have been delighted by the response so far.
■ VERB
seem
▪ Simple answers like this seem to delight younger kids, who demand a reason for everything.
▪ His audiences seemed delighted with the new game of discovering the errors in earlier paintings.
▪ Gainsbourg seems to have delighted in his role as a cultural enfant terrible.
▪ Old Chao seemed genuinely delighted to see him.
▪ The man is a huge liability and seems to delight in putting his feet right in it.
▪ He seemed delighted to hear that she was fine.
▪ Mr Gillis seemed to delight in slamming it down on the top of the tousled head below.
▪ To Hugh she seemed beautiful and he delighted, somewhat guiltily, in having her eat opposite him.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be glad/delighted/pleased etc to see the back of sb/sth
be in a transport of delight/joy etc
unholy amusement/delight/pleasure
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ This movie classic will delight the whole family.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But nothing delights him more than his futures markets, which are something of a hangover from his trading days.
▪ Their decision to end cooperation will delight Belgrade.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Delight

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

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.
--Tennyson.

Delight

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.
    --Milton.

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

WordNet

delight

  1. n. 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]

  3. v. give pleasure to or be pleasing to; "These colors please the senses"; "a pleasing sensation" [syn: please] [ant: displease]

  4. take delight in; "he delights in his granddaughter" [syn: enjoy, revel]

  5. hold spellbound [syn: enchant, enrapture, transport, enthrall, ravish, enthral] [ant: disenchant]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

delight

c.1200, delit, from Old French delit "pleasure, delight, sexual desire," from delitier "please greatly, charm," from Latin delectare "to allure, delight, charm, please," frequentative of delicere "entice" (see delicious). Spelled delite until 16c. when it changed under influence of light, flight, etc.

delight

c.1200, deliten, from Old French delitier (see delight (n.)). Related: Delighted; delighting.

Gazetteer

Delight, AR -- U.S. city in Arkansas

Population (2000): 311
Housing Units (2000): 168
Land area (2000): 0.455734 sq. miles (1.180346 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.455734 sq. miles (1.180346 sq. km)
FIPS code: 18100
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 34.030717 N, 93.503269 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 71940
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
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Wikipedia

Delight

Delight means joy or pleasure, or to give pleasure.

Delight may refer to:

Delight (band)

Delight was a Polish gothic metal band.

Wiktionary

delight

n. joy; pleasure. vb. 1 To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly. 2 (label en intransitive) To have or take great pleasure

Usage examples of "delight".

As he crouched in hiding among the unkempt shrubbery which so short a while since had been the delight and pride of the wife he no longer recalled, an Arab and an Abyssinian wheeled their mounts close to his position as they slashed at each other with their swords.

And as she uttered these words, in accents of dreamy delight, she ascended the first step of the Shrine.

Lydia, delighted at the prospect of champagne which she is now old enough to share, bursts out singing: the one with the whisky voice and the dotty accordeon accompaniment .

Constitution of Massachusetts was to proclaim, suggesting that such delight in life as Adams had found in the amiable outlook of the French had had a decided influence.

Greeting Adams affably, Herschel was delighted to talk of his work, and Adams returned to Grosvenor Square elated.

Jefferson wrote as an elegant stylist performing for a select audience, as Adams fully appreciated, telling him his letters should be published for the delight of future generations.

French Revolution, which Adams read at least twice and with delight, since he disagreed with nearly everything she said.

TO THE GREAT DELIGHT of everyone around him, Adams remained remarkably healthy and good-spirited.

Or how to describe adequately the delight of immersing oneself, as I have tried to do, in the writing of the eighteenth century--to read again after long years, or for the first time, the writers John Adams read and loved--Swift, Pope, Defoe, Addison, Fielding, Richardson, Sterne, Smollett, Johnson, and Voltaire?

He was at first surprised, then delighted, when a tall, skinny agrobiologist named Taylor Hollister became his first and only real friend at the university.

Iranon stayed ever young, and wore wreathes upon his golden head whilst he sang of Aira, delight of the past and hope of the future.

But one thing I am sure of -- that the innocent delight of the poor Indian Alferez Real, mounted upon his horse, dressed in his motley, barefooted, and overshadowed by his gold-laced hat, was as entire as if he had eaten of all the fruits of all the trees of knowledge of his time, and so perhaps the Jesuits were wise.

She would take the pleasure Desborough chose to put her way and when the marriage was annulled, she would take great delight in telling him that she had no intention of becoming his mistress.

She, who was happy and in high spirits, answered in Italian, and delighted them by her intelligence, and the grace which she gave to her mistakes in grammar.

I am not sorry to know that you love one another and that you make each other happy, as this beautiful casino proves to me, she does not regret our love, and she is, on the contrary, delighted to shew us that she approves of it.