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delight in someone or something

to take great pleasure in someone or something. I delight in your interest in my work. We all delight in James. What a fine boy!
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delight someone by something

to please someone with something; to please someone by doing something. (See also delight someone with something.) You delighted me by agreeing to join us. I was delighted by your proposal.
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delight someone with something

to please someone with something, such as a gift. We delighted Alice with a gift of money. She was delighted with the gift.
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ravished with delight

Fig. happy or delighted; overcome with happiness or delight. Mary was ravished with delight by the dozen roses. My parents were ravished with delight when I graduated from college.
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be in a transport of delight/joy

to feel extremely happy or pleased I looked up to the heavens and praised God, in a transport of delight.
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delight in

To derive great pleasure or joy from something or someone: The happy couple delighted in taking romantic walks through the park.
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In his natural system, though high-wrought and delicately refined, a sensibility to the delights of the palate was probably inherent.
Looking at him merely as an animal -- and there was very little else to look at -- he was a most satisfactory object, from the thorough healthfulness and wholesomeness of his system, and his capacity, at that extreme age, to enjoy all, or nearly all, the delights which he had ever aimed at or conceived of.
As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye, ever open to every symptom of culinary abundance, ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn.
I should scold her myself, if she were capable of wishing to check the delight of your conversation with our new friend.
I cannot repeat half the exclamations of delight which escaped the fair Eudosia, when I first burst on her entranced eye.
But of the delight of seeing a small craft run bravely amongst the great seas there can be no question to him whose soul does not dwell ashore.
By her help I also now Make this churlish place allow Something that may sweeten gladness In the very gall of sadness-- The dull loneness, the black shade, That these hanging vaults have made The strange music of the waves Beating on these hollow caves, This black den which rocks emboss, Overgrown with eldest moss, The rude portals that give light More to terror than delight, This my chamber of neglect
Just fancy what a delight it will be, sir, to see so much of England--and with you
Then with no less fear and delight they saw how the young count, red in the face and with bloodshot eyes, dragged Mitenka out by the scruff of the neck and applied his foot and knee to him behind with great agility at convenient moments between the words, shouting, "Be off
But the summer had been a very happy one, too -- a time of glad living with summer suns and skies, a time of keen delight in wholesome things; a time of renewing and deepening of old friendships; a time in which she had learned to live more nobly, to work more patiently, to play more heartily.
There was less of the unexpected in their dealings with nature, while theirs was all the delight of reminiscence.
It was greeted with delight by the greatest poets of France, Germany, and Italy, and was soon translated into many languages.
All mountain-peaks and high headlands of lofty hills and rivers flowing out to the deep and beaches sloping seawards and havens of the sea are your delight.
Let me ask you now:--How would you arrange goods--are there not some which we welcome for their own sakes, and independently of their consequences, as, for example, harmless pleasures and enjoyments, which delight us at the time, although nothing follows from them?
The time that I met him alone was on a bright, but not oppressively hot day, in the beginning of July: I had taken little Arthur into the wood that skirts the park, and there seated him on the moss- cushioned roots of an old oak; and, having gathered a handful of bluebells and wild-roses, I was kneeling before him, and presenting them, one by one, to the grasp of his tiny fingers; enjoying the heavenly beauty of the flowers, through the medium of his smiling eyes: forgetting, for the moment, all my cares, laughing at his gleeful laughter, and delighting myself with his delight, - when a shadow suddenly eclipsed the little space of sunshine on the grass before us; and looking up, I beheld Walter Hargrave standing and gazing upon us.