displease

verb dis·please \ (ˌ)dis-ˈplēz \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

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

Examples of displease in a Sentence

  1. her coworkers' tendency to pry displeased her

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Origin and Etymology of displease

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


DISPLEASE Defined for English Language Learners

displease

verb

Definition of displease for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) feel unhappy or annoyed


DISPLEASE Defined for Kids

displease

verb dis·please \ dis-ˈplēz \

Definition of displease for Students

displeased; displeasing
: to cause to feel unhappy or unsatisfied


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