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displease

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verb dis·please \(ˌ)dis-ˈplēz\

Simple Definition of displease

  • : to make (someone) feel unhappy or annoyed

Full Definition of displease

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to incur the disapproval or dislike of especially by annoying <their gossip displeases her>

  3. 2 :  to be offensive to <abstract art displeases him>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to give displeasure <behavior calculated to displease>

Examples of displease

  1. <her coworkers' tendency to pry displeased her>



Origin of displease

Middle English displesen, from Anglo-French despleisir, desplere, from des- dis- + pleisir to please — more at please


First Known Use: 14th century



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