\ 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 More money sometimes means the possibility of more interference and anxiety and eagerness to please, making the picture less concentrated and more diffuse. Tyler Aquilina,, "Exclusive: Read Martin Scorsese's introduction to Ari Aster's Midsommar," 1 July 2020 Being on the right side of history matters more than trying to please everyone all of the time. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers coach Nate McMillan eager to see 'new America' emerge from this turmoil," 29 June 2020 For a garden party theme, these cute gingham plates are sure to please. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "How to host a socially distant summer party," 23 June 2020 Regardless of what preferences your animal has, there’s guaranteed to be something in this sale to please. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 7 best deals you can get during Chewy's big summertime sales event," 22 June 2020 Lam’s hard-charging attempt to sideline her own people to please her bosses in Beijing has had the opposite effect. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Stubborn Leader, a Broken System," 18 June 2020 But there's an easy and fun way to please everyone: taco night! Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need for the perfect taco night at home," 18 June 2020 For instance, driven by a desire to please Florida Republicans, Trump talked tough about his desire to oust Maduro throughout much of 2018. Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump asked China’s president for reelection help in 2020, Bolton writes in new book," 17 June 2020 The notebook has key trip-planning features like detachable packing lists, budget trackers, and daily planning pages—and plenty of plain, lined pages for using however you please. Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Travel Journals That'll Make You Put Down Your Smartphone," 15 June 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Please.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 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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