displease

verb
dis·​please | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈplēz \
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

Synonyms

disaffect, discontent, disgruntle, dissatisfy

Antonyms

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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So there could hardly have been better timing to announce a spiritual successor to New Vegas, a game that some players displeased with Fallout 76 point to as a model. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Obsidian Entertainment finally announces its Fallout: New Vegas successor," 7 Dec. 2018 The presence of Japanese submarines in the South China Sea would be displeasing to China, said Yoji Koda, a retired vice admiral in Japan’s navy. Chieko Tsuneoka And Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan Challenges China With Submarine Exercise," 17 Sep. 2018 Republicans are betting that Connecticut voters displeased with eight years of Democratic control will give Mr. Stefanowski the nod. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Political Outsiders Progress in State Races," 15 Aug. 2018 The president insists on humiliating those who displease him. Michael Gerson, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump unbound amid a cloud of chaos," 18 Mar. 2018 That is significant to the team, as is the fact brown and yellow were less displeasing to those who did not like it. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres find they can't turn all blue eyes brown, but ...," 14 July 2018 This might have given Duff some security at last, but his family, displeased by their union, cut him off following their wedding. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "The Untold Story of the Woman Who Inspired Hemingway to Write The Sun Also Rises," 5 June 2016 These developments are likely to displease President Trump. Jamie Condliffe, New York Times, "China Wants High-Tech Cars. German Automakers Are Eager to Help.," 11 July 2018 America’s immigration system offers something to displease everyone. The Economist, "America’s immigration system is broken," 28 June 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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More Definitions for displease

displease

verb

English Language Learners Definition of displease

: to make (someone) feel unhappy or annoyed

displease

verb
dis·​please | \ dis-ˈplēz \
displeased; displeasing

Kids Definition of displease

: to cause to feel unhappy or unsatisfied

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