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, gladden, gratify, 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

The royal family is reportedly not pleased with Thomas Markle's recent round of interviews. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family Is Reportedly "Frustrated" With Meghan Markle's Dad," 4 July 2018 Just as long as — pretty please with a cherry on top? Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Review: Nearly Naked Theatre's 'The Submission' is how NOT to add to the diversity debate," 3 July 2018 He wasn't pleased with Egypt's inability to finish plays, even with striker Mohamed Salah back from injury. Jerome Pugmire, chicagotribune.com, "Cuper doubtful about his future as Egypt coach after Russia loss," 20 June 2018 Though the nations announced a truce over the weekend, Trump has since said he wasn't pleased with the trade negotiations, and tweeted Wednesday that the U.S. may need to change the direction of talks to get a final agreement. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Fed on track to raise interest rates in June on belief economy remains in good shape," 23 May 2018 The moves followed a stocks and oil decline in the U.S. Tuesday after Mr. Trump said he wasn’t pleased with recent trade talks with China. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "China’s Reduction of Auto Import Tariffs Steers Asia Stocks Lower," 23 May 2018 The Bucks have sold about 1,500 new season ticket packages since January and are pleased with the level of fan interest, Feigin said. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks hope to crank up the excitement — and season ticket sales — with playoff run," 13 Apr. 2018 There are other aspects of the tax package that could also face problems in their current form; many Republicans aren't pleased with the current Medicaid work requirements legislation (House Bill 3). Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana House considers another temporary fix for budget," 25 Feb. 2018 Of the famous faces spotted at Wimbledon, perhaps the most crowd-pleasing belong to members of the British royal family. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Role the British Royal Family Serves at Wimbledon," 3 July 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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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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