please

verb
\ˈplēz \
pleased; pleasing

Definition of please 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to afford or give pleasure or satisfaction

2 : like, wish do as you please

3 archaic : to have the kindness will you please to enter the carriage— Charles Dickens

transitive verb

1 : to give pleasure to : gratify

2 : to be the will or pleasure of may it please Your Majesty

please

adverb

Definition of please (Entry 2 of 2)

1 used as a function word to express politeness or emphasis in a request please come in

2 used as a function word to express polite affirmation like some tea? Please

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

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Other Words from please

Verb

pleaser \ˈplē-zər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for please

Synonyms: Verb

agree (with), content, delight, feast, gladden, gratify, rejoice, satisfy, suit, warm

Antonyms: Verb

displease

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Examples of please in a Sentence

Verb

He joined the football team to please his father. Her parents were pleased by her decision. It pleases me to know that you liked the gift. They're very hard to please.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But a three-star Sandler movie may please many more people than a five-star classic watched primarily by cinefiles. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, "Thumbs down to murky star ratings: Tell us whether a book is worth reading," 10 July 2018 This will please suburban drivers, who provided many of the votes that gave the Progressive Conservatives 76 of the 124 seats in Ontario’s legislature, ending nearly 15 years of Liberal rule. The Economist, "Doug Ford disrupts Canada’s climate policy," 28 June 2018 Photo: istock/getty images Certain words have an inherent magical quality that unduly pleases people who emit them. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "Sometimes the Language Game Needs a Penalty Box," 6 June 2018 Usually, Trump is repelled by the very idea of doing anything that pleases the establishment. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "Trump goes full establishment with Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 Too much of this can be terrible, but used judiciously, that glaze can produce a sweet-smoky-salty combo that pleases nearly every cluster of taste buds. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 Pizza and pasta are two foods that will always please everyone at the table. Indianapolis Star, "eCookbook: Quick and Easy Pizzas and Pasta," 9 July 2018 My mother was taught to type, to learn shorthand and to wear clothes that pleased her male bosses. Deborah Levy, The Cut, "The Cost of Living," 1 July 2018 Florida's busiest airport will be the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, officials said Thursday, a move that pleases airport executives but worries privacy advocates. Mike Schneider, The Christian Science Monitor, "Florida airport to begin scanning faces of international passengers," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of please

Verb

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

Adverb

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for please

Verb

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

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

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please

verb

English Language Learners Definition of please

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (someone) happy or satisfied

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

please

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of please (Entry 2 of 2)

—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

please

verb
\ˈplēz \
pleased; pleasing

Kids Definition of please

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make happy or satisfied The gift pleased him.

2 : to be willing : like, choose You can come and go as you please.

please

adverb

Kids Definition of please (Entry 2 of 2)

used to show politeness or emphasis in requesting or accepting May I please be excused?Attention, please!More milk? Yes, please.

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