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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Then the film shifts to teenager Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), whose artistic inclinations don’t necessarily please his police officer father (Brian Tyree Henry). Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is dazzling, hilarious, and unique," 14 Dec. 2018 Anne, in poor health and perpetual petulance, is fussed over and not-so-subtly controlled by Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), a court noblewoman who’s learned that pleasing the queen (in every way) brings its own pleasures. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "‘The Favourite’ review: an irresistibly nasty tale of lust, power and pet bunnies," 4 Dec. 2018 Cromwell, eager to please his royal master, produced what passed for evidence that Anne was guilty of adultery, which was regarded officially as treason. Allan Massie, WSJ, "‘Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life’ Review: The King’s Fixer," 2 Nov. 2018 Honestly, there’s not much BTS could do that wouldn't please us, from enriching our vocabulary to making music history. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Watch BTS Sing Their Favorite Songs from Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, and Dua Lipa," 17 Oct. 2018 One of the newcomers is Folan’s younger brother, Will, a sophomore receiver, a development Folan says is already pleasing their father, Seamus, to no end. Jake Caccavaro, BostonGlobe.com, "For local football prospects, summer camp is serious stuff," 13 July 2018 This pleases Cash's girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson), an artist who makes ends meet as a sign-twirler outside businesses. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Why you need to see surreal 'Sorry to Bother You'," 12 July 2018 His look of amazement is what Insatiable wants out of you — this is not a comedy aiming to please. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "How Insatiable Is Tackling Beauty Standards, One Joke At A Time," 10 July 2018 From the day One Direction formed, on the U.K. show The X Factor in 2010, he was cast as the smoldering background foil to the eager-to-please Harry Styles and Liam Payne. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 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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