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please

verb \ ˈplēz \

Definition of please

pleased; pleasing
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

pleaser

play \ˈplē-zər\ noun

Examples of please in a Sentence

  1. He joined the football team to please his father.

  2. Her parents were pleased by her decision.

  3. It pleases me to know that you liked the gift.

  4. They're very hard to please.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

adverb

Definition of please

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

First Known Use of please

1771



PLEASE Defined for English Language Learners

please

verb

Definition of please for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) happy or satisfied

  • : to make a choice about what to do, have, etc.


please

adverb

Definition of please for English Language Learners

  • —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 Defined for Kids

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please

verb \ ˈplēz \

Definition of please for Students

pleased; pleasing
1 :to make happy or satisfied
  • The gift pleased him.
2 :to be willing :like, choose
  • You can come and go as you please.

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please

adverb

Definition of please for Students

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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