\ ˈplēz How to pronounce please (audio) \
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



Definition of please (Entry 2 of 2)

1 used as a function word to express politeness or emphasis in a requestplease come in
2 used as a function word to express polite affirmationlike some tea? Please
3 used as a function word to express scornful disagreement, disapproval, or disbeliefyou believe that? Oh, please

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pleaser \ ˈplē-​zər How to pronounce pleaser (audio) \ noun

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 She wasn't pleased with the results and decided on a different course for the remaining time before Mercury training camp, working with performance/physical therapy facility Exos. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi on teaming with Skylar Diggins-Smith and her improving health," 14 Feb. 2020 Offensively, Pearl was pleased with Wiley’s performance as well as the team’s ability to get him the ball. Giana Han, al, "Austin Wiley ‘demolishes’ Alabama on the boards," 13 Feb. 2020 But not everyone is pleased with the way some of Hollywood’s finest turned up after the show. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Internet Is Torn Over This Video Of Dua Lipa & Lizzo At A Strip Club," 28 Jan. 2020 Though defensively coach Nate McMillan wasn't pleased with his second unit Friday, T.J. McConnell, Aaron Holiday and Doug McDermott did combine for 34 points on 15-for-24 shooting. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Unlike last season's team, Pacers venture out West from a position of strength," 18 Jan. 2020 True to form for the competitive Mack, he wasn't pleased. Scott Springer,, "Ohio girls basketball coaching legend Mary Jo Huismann nets 700th career win," 11 Jan. 2020 Of course everyone here was pleased with Donald Trump. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "The Kremlin’s Creative Director," 9 Dec. 2019 We are pleased the digital services met the budgetary requirements to ensure the success of the MLC’s mission. Dan Rys, Billboard, "MLC, Digital Services Strike Deal to Fund Music Modernization Act-Mandated Database," 14 Nov. 2019 Last week, some eagle-eyed fans caught the judges' reactions to Spicer being saved yet again, and needless to say, they weren't pleased. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "'DWTS' Judge Carrie Ann Inaba Is 'A Little Irritated' With America's Vote," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of please


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


1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for please


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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26 Feb 2020

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“Please.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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.



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


\ 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.



Kids Definition of please (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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