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please

play
verb \ˈplēz\

Simple Definition of please

  • : to make (someone) happy or satisfied

  • : to make a choice about what to do, have, etc.

Full Definition of please

pleasedpleas·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to afford or give pleasure or satisfaction

  3. 2 :  like, wish <do as you please>

  4. 3 archaic :  to have the kindness <will you please to enter the carriage — Charles Dickens>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to give pleasure to :  gratify

  7. 2 :  to be the will or pleasure of <may it please Your Majesty>

pleas·er play \ˈplē-zər\ noun

Examples of please

  1. He joined the football team to please his father.

  2. Her parents were pleased by her decision.

  3. It pleases me to know that you liked the gift.

  4. They're very hard to please.



Origin of please

Middle English plesen, from Anglo-French plaisir, pleisir, pleire, from Latin placēre; akin to Latin placare to placate and perhaps to Greek plak-, plax flat surface — more at fluke


First Known Use: 14th century


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please

adverb

Simple Definition of please

  • —used to ask for something in a polite way

  • —used to show that a request is serious or important

  • —used as a polite way of saying yes

Full Definition of please

  1. 1 —used as a function word to express politeness or emphasis in a request <please come in>

  2. 2 —used as a function word to express polite affirmation <like some tea? Please>

  3. 3 —used as a function word to express scornful disagreement, disapproval, or disbelief <you believe that? Oh, please>

1667

First Known Use of please

1667




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