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JOY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does joy mean? 

JOY (noun)
  The noun JOY has 2 senses:

1. the emotion of great happiness
2. something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness

  Familiarity information: JOY used as a noun is rare.


JOY (verb)
  The verb JOY has 2 senses:

1. feel happiness or joy
2. make glad or happy

  Familiarity information: JOY used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


JOY (noun)


Sense 1joy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The emotion of great happiness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

joyousness; joyfulness; joy

Hypernyms ("joy" is a kind of...):

emotion (any strong feeling)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "joy"):

elation; high spirits; lightness (a feeling of joy and pride)

exultation; jubilance; jubilancy; jubilation (a feeling of extreme joy)

excitement; exhilaration (the feeling of lively and cheerful joy)

exuberance (joyful enthusiasm)

Antonym:

sorrow (an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement)


Sense 2joy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

delight; joy; pleasure

Context examples:

a joy to behold / the pleasure of his company / the new car is a delight

Hypernyms ("joy" is a kind of...):

positive stimulus (a stimulus with desirable consequences)


JOY (verb)


Sense 1joy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feel happiness or joy

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

joy; rejoice

Hypernyms (to "joy" is one way to...):

experience; feel (undergo an emotional sensation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "joy"):

cheer; cheer up; chirk up (become cheerful)

gladden (become glad or happy)

be on cloud nine; exult; jump for joy; walk on air (feel extreme happiness or elation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2joy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make glad or happy

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

gladden; joy

Cause:

gladden (become glad or happy)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "joy"):

overjoy (cause to feel extremely joyful or happy)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The good news will joy her


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