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 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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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 Mesa Police Department is asking anyone with information about the shooting to please contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377) or 480-TESTIGO (480-837-8446) for Spanish speakers. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Reward increased to $40,000 for information about Mesa drive-by shooting that killed baby, injured 6," 12 Nov. 2020 Paws Up Managing Director, Steve Hurst, talks to T&C about his favorite room, what's new on the ranch (a lot!), and how to curate the perfect day when there are over 70 activities to chose from and multiple age groups to please. Hannah N Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Paws Up," 7 Nov. 2020 Mussolini set the template for corruption, shutting down investigations of war profiteering to please conservatives and industrialists who had supported him. Federico Finchelstein, The New Republic, "It’s Already Happening Here," 3 Nov. 2020 To please the gods To the ancient Athenians, physical military might was only part of the equation. Thomas Martin, The Conversation, "Only the richest ancient Athenians paid taxes – and they bragged about it," 3 Nov. 2020 But there is plenty here to please the vegetarian cook, too. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cooking at home? Try new takes on old favorites, or travel the world.," 22 Oct. 2020 Prada products are created to please the purchaser, who can choose whether or not to use them as vehicles for seduction. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "“The Cliché of Beauty, the Cliché of Luxury, the Cliché of Banality”—On In Vogue: The 1990s, Miuccia Prada Says Basta to All That," 16 Oct. 2020 According to Miller, parents often have children in order to satisfy their own unmet needs for love, respect, and attention, or to please their own parents. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Can Greek Tragedy Get Us Through the Pandemic?," 1 Sep. 2020 There was no living person whose arrival would please me. Michael Deagler, Harper's Magazine, "New Poets," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Please.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/please. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for please

please

verb
How to pronounce please (audio)

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 acceptingMay I please be excused?Attention, please!More milk? Yes, please.

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