dis·​please | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈplēz How to pronounce displease (audio) \
displeased; displeasing; displeases

Definition of displease

transitive verb

1 : to incur the disapproval or dislike of especially by annoying their gossip displeases her
2 : to be offensive to abstract art displeases him

intransitive verb

: to give displeasure behavior calculated to displease

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Synonyms & Antonyms for displease


disaffect, discontent, disgruntle, dissatisfy


content, gratify, please, satisfy

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Examples of displease in a Sentence

her coworkers' tendency to pry displeased her

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Technically, what that means is that the president can no longer block followers whose comments displease him and that the plaintiffs who brought the case will need to be unblocked. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A US federal appeals court affirmed that Trump can’t block critics on Twitter," 9 July 2019 The back-and-forth about the citizenship question also displeased the plaintiffs in the case. Tara Law, Time, "Justice Department Says It Was 'Instructed' by President Trump to Explore Ways to Put Citizenship Question on the Census," 5 July 2019 The other is much younger, radical, won’t take corporate sponsors, and isn’t afraid to displease some power brokers. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "There is a radical new alternative to the NYC Pride march that rejects corporate influence," 27 June 2019 Nevertheless, many drivers fear being punished for displeasing Uber or Lyft in any way, especially when those drivers have limited language skills and rely on ride-share driving for their entire incomes. Shirin Ghaffary, Vox, "Some Uber and Lyft drivers say they were misled into petitioning against their own worker rights," 27 June 2019 Grumbling about a displeasing puzzle, like yelling at the ref from the bleacher seats or critiquing celebrity ball gowns at the Oscars, is, for a solver, all part of the fun. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Art and Politics of Crosswords," 21 June 2019 Those two options will likely displease hard Brexiteers. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The case for holding a second Brexit referendum," 17 Dec. 2018 Parliament also created a new disciplinary chamber that the opposition says would be used to attack judges who displeased the party. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland Purges Supreme Court, and Protesters Take to Streets," 3 July 2018 Lam Wing-kee was the manager of Causeway Bay Books in Hong Kong, a store that sold titles that displeased the authorities in Beijing. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "How China Uses Forced Confessions as Propaganda Tool," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of displease

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for displease

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

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The first known use of displease was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of displease

: to make (someone) feel unhappy or annoyed


dis·​please | \ dis-ˈplēz How to pronounce displease (audio) \
displeased; displeasing

Kids Definition of displease

: to cause to feel unhappy or unsatisfied

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to complain fretfully

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