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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Can someone just please make sure that none of Peter's exes get their hands on Lara Jean's scrunchies this time?! Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor Said Lara Jean Is Getting a "Major New Love Interest" in the "To All the Boys" Sequel," 8 Jan. 2019 The woman, who is beautiful, asks the man to please marry her. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater," 13 July 2018 In lieu of flowers please make donations to: St. Anselm’s Abbey School, 4501 South Dakota Ave. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/28," 28 June 2018 The aerodynamicist, then, must please both designers, like Smith, and the laws of physics, creating shapes that are visually distinctive but aerodynamically anonymous, slipping through the air with minimum drama. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Automotive Aerodynamics," 19 June 2018 This is a Christmas movie classic that will please every guest on your holiday party list. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 Though the companies have pleased many micro-transit enthusiasts, others see them as toys or trash strewn on sidewalks. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 The Blue Angels could easily end up pleasing crowds with F/A-18 Hornet for a half century. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Blue Angels Are Getting 'New' Jets," 15 Aug. 2018 And Dresbach says the First Nations actors were pleased by their costumes. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander's Terry Dresbach on the "Terrifying" Challenge of Designing This Season's Native American Costumes," 25 Nov. 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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