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, 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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And Dresbach says the First Nations actors were pleased by their costumes. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander's Terry Dresbach on the "Terrifying" Challenge of Designing This Season's Native American Costumes," 25 Nov. 2018 But President Trump said he was pleased by the performance. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "The Man Behind the Brett Kavanaugh Strategy: Don McGahn," 4 Oct. 2018 Take into consideration likes and dislikes, but don't get too wound up in trying to please everyone. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Meal Preps for Her Whole Family For a Week," 5 Aug. 2018 Despite Honda's recent excellence, Dixon wasn't ready to admit its drivers own a distinct advantage for Sunday's race, though he was undoubtedly pleased by the performance of his car. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon climbs back atop IndyCar mountain as Hondas dominate Day 1 in Toronto," 13 July 2018 Coalition members were pleased with Deasy’s comments before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in May, the people said. Naomi Nix, Bloomberg.com, "Amazon Has Plenty of Foes in Pentagon Cloud Deal," 26 June 2018 That said, Mulvihill said Fox has been pleased by the audiences watching in bars and other public places — the reporting of those numbers are generally delayed — and the ratings on its cable network, FS1. Bloomberg, Fortune, "World Cup Ratings Are a Complete Nightmare for Fox and Comcast," 22 June 2018 Xi said China is pleased that ‘‘the momentum for dialogue and easing of situation on the Korean Peninsula has been effectively strengthened,’’ according to Xinhua. Christopher Bodeen, BostonGlobe.com, "Kim leaves China as S. Korea urges ‘concrete’ plan on nukes," 20 June 2018 Colyer said he's pleased the Trump administration is still allowing the state to go forward with a proposal to impose a work requirement on the 12,000 Medicaid recipients in question. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Trump official rejects lifetime limit on Kansas Medicaid as dangerous to ‘safety net’ | The Kansas City Star," 7 May 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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