\ 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 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Troopers asked anyone who witnessed the collision to please contact Master Corporal Argo by calling (302) 703-3264. Fox News, 24 July 2022 Tip: Load up on a few variety packs to please different palettes. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 That means a lot of companies need to practice more discipline, because Jett believes many haven't transitioned yet in terms of focusing on predicability and profitability in order to please public markets investors. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 15 July 2022 Trump enjoys riling the other side, while Palin, despite her flame throwing, seems most eager to please her own side. T.a. Frank, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 But instead of playing the role of gatekeeper and bringing order to a chaotic West Wing, Mr. Meadows was often criticized by associates as terrified of Mr. Trump’s temper and eager to please him. New York Times, 29 June 2022 People may feel inclined to please you, thanks to graceful Venus dancing with magical Neptune -- especially with Venus in your relationship sector and Neptune in your passionate 5th house. Chicago Tribune, 18 June 2022 Thrown into painful dance practices and shopping for teetering high heels, the reluctant teen goes along at first for her beloved abuelita, but eventually finds a way to please both herself and her family. Lauren Morgan,, 12 May 2022 As will women fed up with men who have no inkling of how to please them, nor the motivation to learn. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Naturally, during the 113 years those bells have hung in Mitchell Tower, there have been Hyde Park residents asking if these (expletive) change ringers would please stop. Christopher Borrelli,, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Please.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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 accepting May I please be excused?Attention, please!More milk? Yes, please.

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