please

verb
\ ˈplēz How to pronounce please (audio) \
pleased; pleasing

Essential Meaning of please

1 : to make (someone) happy or satisfied He joined the football team to please his father. She enjoys pleasing others. See More ExamplesHer parents were pleased by her decision. It pleases me to know that you liked the gift. They're very hard/easy to please. You can't please everyone.Hide
2 : to make a choice about what to do, have, etc. Since he no longer lives with his parents, he's able to come and go as he pleases. [=to come and go whenever he wants to] There's no hurry. Stay as long as you please. [=as long as you want to stay] See More ExamplesI can do whatever I please. [=like] You can do as you please. [=you can do whatever you want/choose to do]Hide

Full 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for please

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Jan. 2022 With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole. Joe Otterson, Variety, 14 Jan. 2022 Michael is the opposite of the ebullient, too eager-to-please Jackie. Howard Fishman, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 But on May 19, Powers was cutting decorative caps for the fence: a handyman task to please his wife, maybe impress the neighbor. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 But the court historian knew how to please his reader (or auditor). Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 That's right, seven exhausted designers fighting for the prize of their careers had to muster up the strength to try to actually please the Grande Dame, the Countess, the Professor, and more of the most terrifying clients of their lives. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Living one's life simply to please others is never a good strategy for happiness and personal fulfillment. Brennan Barnard, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact the Orlando Police Department or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS. Nelly Ontiveros, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Naturally, during the 113 years those bells have hung in Mitchell Tower, there have been Hyde Park residents asking if these (expletive) change ringers would please stop. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 23 Dec. 2021

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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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pleasantry

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pleasedness

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Last Updated

19 Jan 2022

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“Please.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/please. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for please

please

verb
\ ˈplēz How to pronounce please (audio) \
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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