please

verb
\ 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

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 How to pronounce pleaser (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for please

Synonyms: Verb

agree (with), content, delight, feast, gas [slang], glad [archaic], gladden, gratify, pleasure, 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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As the pair meets in the middle to please the boss, little do Rachel and Luke realize love lurks in all the unexpected places because this isn’t the Great White Way. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Hallmark Channel to air Christmas at Dollywood with Danica McKellar and, yes, Dolly Parton," 10 July 2019 Trump, at least, appears to have been pleased by the parade. Tara Law, Time, "Russian State-Run Media Mocked President Trump's July 4 'Salute to America'," 6 July 2019 He had been sold on the private school’s academic mission, and wanted to please his mom, who thought the church might be beneficial to him. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Church 'Cult' Survivor Says He Was Beaten Because He Was Gay: 'I Was Scared For My Life'," 2 July 2019 And keep an eye out for metro Detroit's own Patch Darragh as a young, still green Sean Hannity, eager to please Ailes by turning up the bloviating. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Showtime's 'Loudest Voice' falls short by giving Roger Ailes too much of a bully pulpit," 28 June 2019 Forrest Gump is dark enough to please a Pulp Fiction fan, as indeed it pleased Pulp Fiction’s creator. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Everyone Is Wrong about Forrest Gump," 25 June 2019 Assertive, top-down leadership on diversity is—by its very nature—unlikely to please everyone. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Sallie Krawcheck Wants CEOs to 'Break the Wheel' to Solve the Diversity Crisis," 20 June 2019 Conversely, Parker embraced the rituals that Johnson sneered at, as if he were programmed to please. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Luke Parker Is The New Chad Johnson — But Even Worse," 20 June 2019 Indeed, with his nonchalant display of wit, poise, and indifference that aimed to astonish rather than to please, Brummell created not only the modern concept of individuality but celebrity. Ignacio Peyró, National Geographic, "This 19th-century London dandy caused a style revolution," 18 June 2019

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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 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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