pleas·ing | \ ˈplē-ziŋ \

Definition of pleasing 

: giving pleasure : agreeable the sun's pleasing warmth

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Other words from pleasing

pleasingly adverb
pleasingness noun

Examples of pleasing in a Sentence

He wanted his kitchen to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. pleasing music in the background

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Food articles often feature gregarious hosts with platters full of crowd-pleasing goodies, recipes to feed six (or more), or elaborate desserts to wow invading relatives. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 At the first of two solo Boston dates on Wednesday night at the Wang Theatre, Young mostly stuck to the crowd-pleasing middle path, though his middle remains more interesting than most artists’ fringe. Terence Cawley,, "At the Wang, a free-wheeling journey through Neil Young’s past," 12 July 2018 The trick will be to find a path that can appease vulnerable members and base-pleasing conservatives in a difficult election year -- and to save face for leadership while jockeying to replace outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan. Lauren Fox And Tal Kopan, CNN, "House Republicans gear up for marathon immigration debate," 7 June 2018 Trump has largely avoided raising his rally-pleasing wall pledge in public since the topic led Pena Nieto to cancel plans for a visit to Washington early in Trump's term. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Mexican leader rejects Trump's demand for wall payment: 'Not now, not ever'," 30 May 2018 Schieffer sprinkled his comments with brief but credible and crowd-pleasing mimicry of Walter Cronkite, Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon. Martha Quillin, star-telegram, "White House no longer credible, but the Parkland kids might be, CBS newsman says | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 May 2018 Cue tangled love stories, easy laughs, and endearing fish-out-of-water moments delivered by a crowd-pleasing ensemble cast (including Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, and Bill Nighy), who prove how deeply travel can stir us, at any age. –M.S. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 45 Best Travel Films of All Time," 11 May 2018 In between, fans caught rousing sets by local heroes The Breeders, the first sets of the year from Future Islands and Feist, and crowd-pleasing performances from Alvvays, Big Thief, Father John Misty and singer/guitarist Julien Baker. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "The National, Feist, Father John Misty & More Rock the Riverfront During Homecoming Fest," 30 Apr. 2018 Go for crowd-pleasing jokes and a flailing Jason Bateman. 19. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "Your winter movie preview: 30 reasons to go to a show," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pleasing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pleasing

: good in a way that gives pleasure or enjoyment : attractive or appealing


pleas·ing | \ ˈplē-ziŋ \

Kids Definition of pleasing

: giving pleasure : agreeable

Other words from pleasing

pleasingly adverb

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