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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

So far in 2019, New Hampshire voters have been pleased with Sununu’s job performance pushing back against the Democratic legislature. John Mccormack, National Review, "New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Three Gun-Control Bills," 9 Aug. 2019 The window has now closed, and the outcome hasn't pleased the Ivorian. SI.com, "Premier League Opening Weekend: 8 Things to Look Out For as 2019/20 Season Kicks Off," 9 Aug. 2019 Some companies are using their new superpowers not to please customers, but to manipulate them. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Dark Side of Customer Service: CEO Daily," 5 Aug. 2019 This would please Kim, whose primary goal, experts say, is to be recognized as a member of the club of global nuclear powers. Los Angeles Times, "North Korea is a no-show at Asian summit, snubbing Trump administration again," 4 Aug. 2019 Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig was pleased by the quick decision. Sarah Dowling, The Mercury News, "Jury finds man guilty of murder of Northern California massage parlor employee," 3 Aug. 2019 His prosecution had failed, but justice had been done, and this exoneration pleased him just as much as his successes. The Economist, "Obituary: Robert Morgenthau died on July 21st," 1 Aug. 2019 Union Township officials are pleased by TQL's expansion plans. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "TQL announces expansion plans, addition of 600 new jobs over next five years," 24 July 2019 This simple yet flavorful 20-minute lunch will please the whole family. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Oil and Vinegar Chicken Cutlet Sandwiches," 18 July 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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