\ 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 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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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 Your special someone might do something extraordinary just to please you and show appreciation. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 16, 2019: Happy birthday Marg Helgenberger; Capricorn, explore educational opportunities," 16 Nov. 2019 And as Heinrich Dathe and Heinz-Georg Klös would, from their opposite sides of the wall, come to understand, victory in this war was no longer a matter of currying favor with visitors, but rather of pleasing the bigwigs in Bonn and East Berlin. Time, "Even Before the Wall, Berlin's Zoos Were Already Cold War Rivals," 12 Nov. 2019 Meals on Wheels Westlake asks you to please contact them. Linda Gandee/special To, cleveland, "City of Westlake provides opportunities for giving over the holidays," 11 Nov. 2019 The place has to please everyone from picky teenagers to stressed parents. Iris Van Rynbach,, "Rincon, Puerto Rico, an ideal destination for a family vacation," 10 Nov. 2019 Robertson said the district is working to create the best plan possible, although the results will not be able to please everyone involved. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD presents more options for elementary school rezoning," 6 Nov. 2019 Alongside the use of monitors, the Premier League will also welcome other suggestions, such as replaying all VAR incidents on screens in the stadiums for fans to see, in the hope of finding a system which pleases everyone., "Premier League Clubs to Debate Drastic Changes to Use of VAR," 5 Nov. 2019 Governments should hold yagnas (Hindu rituals held in front of a sacred fire) to please Lord Indra (the God of rain) as done traditionally., Quartz India, "Eat carrots, perform yagnas: Indian officials have absurd tips to survive Delhi’s deadly smog," 3 Nov. 2019 Her employees scramble to try and anticipate her every desire, but can never seem to please her. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Would you quit your job because of a bad boss? 60 percent in South Florida have done it, survey says," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of please was in the 14th century

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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Please.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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.



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


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

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