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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Other Words from please

Verb

pleaser \ ˈplē-​zər How to pronounce pleaser (audio) \ noun

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 At the same time, Trump had to please his father by continuing to portray himself as a wild success. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "President Winning-by-Losing Is, in Fact, Losing," 9 July 2020 For a garden party theme, these cute gingham plates are sure to please. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "How to host a socially distant summer party," 8 July 2020 For a garden party theme, these cute gingham plates are sure to please. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "How to host a socially distant summer party," 8 July 2020 The studio system was perhaps the era’s most powerful source of archetypes, fantasies, and illusions, and, as Brooks shows, their collective effect was to groom women to defer to men, to please men, to submit to men. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering “The Happy Ending,” a Movie About the Dreams and Delusions of Marriage (and the Movies)," 7 July 2020 This summer, the hotel by the sea is teaming up with Sperry to create a package to please the most discerning shoe-loving travelers. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Adorable Hotel in Maine Teamed Up With Sperry Shoes for a Quintessential New England Vacation," 7 July 2020 More money sometimes means the possibility of more interference and anxiety and eagerness to please, making the picture less concentrated and more diffuse. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Exclusive: Read Martin Scorsese's introduction to Ari Aster's Midsommar," 1 July 2020 Being on the right side of history matters more than trying to please everyone all of the time. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers coach Nate McMillan eager to see 'new America' emerge from this turmoil," 29 June 2020 For a garden party theme, these cute gingham plates are sure to please. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "How to host a socially distant summer party," 23 June 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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29 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Please.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/please. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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