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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to give displeasure
behavior calculated to displease

Examples of displease in a Sentence

her coworkers' tendency to pry displeased her
Recent Examples on the Web Further, Congress authorizes an ever-increasing and seemingly limitless debt, apparently preferring that outcome to displeasing any voters. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 9 July 2024 But he’s been unable to deliver, despite the country’s wealth in resources and economic boom in the early 2000s — and that has left large swaths of the population displeased with him, and his government, leading to the rancorous protests of recent days. Ellen Ioanes, Vox, 29 June 2024 With the 90-minute runtime, every question asked will leave out ones not asked, displeasing some constituency. Ted Johnson, Deadline, 26 June 2024 This obviously displeases Lorelai, but luckily, Rory has an emotional speech prepared as valedictorian that melts Lorelai’s heart. Marianne Eloise, Vulture, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for displease 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Displease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displease. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​please (ˈ)dis-ˈplēz How to pronounce displease (audio)
: to cause to feel disapproval, dislike, or annoyance
was displeased by the delay

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