pleasing

adjective
pleas·​ing | \ ˈplē-ziŋ How to pronounce pleasing (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The grass is so green, the uniforms so white, the smell of peanuts and hot dogs so pleasing. Alan Smolinisky, WSJ, "Ballgames Aren’t the Same Without Crowds," 4 Oct. 2020 There will be other people-pleasing elements, including on onsite wine cellar, a 37-foot long bar outfitted in fine walnut and brass rails, a working British telephone booth and various historic images. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Beatles superfan is opening a British-themed live music pub and restaurant in downtown Waukesha," 17 Sep. 2020 With the backlighting on, the keys automatically illuminate based on your finger proximity, offering an aesthetically pleasing and precise experience. Popular Science, "Serious upgrades for your computer keyboard," 2 Sep. 2020 Most of us have been spending more time at home than usual, which makes this the perfect time to update your space and create an atmosphere that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "20 Target home decor pieces that look way more expensive than they are," 10 Aug. 2020 But the beaches are filling up in record-setting numbers, both pleasing and startling city officials who are alarmed over the sudden rise of coronavirus cases in Baldwin County. al, "‘Walking a tight rope’: Alabama’s beaches manage surge of visitors, spike in coronavirus," 4 July 2020 Whether snowshoers bound for Calaveras Big Trees State Park or snowboarders returning from Bear Valley Ski Resort, there’s a pretty good chance of finding a palate-pleasing style of wine. SFChronicle.com, "Take a Tahoe winery detour through wine and snow in Northeastern California's Calaveras County," 21 Jan. 2020 But his instincts for the crowd-pleasing moment pay off. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Aaron Sorkin's 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' is timely and unexpectedly fun. Here's why," 25 Sep. 2020 If a stamp is not perfectly level or aesthetically pleasing, return to sender. Nehemiah Markos, The New Yorker, "New Postal Service Procedures Completely Unrelated to the Election," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pleasing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Last Updated

11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pleasing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleasing. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for pleasing

pleasing

adjective
How to pronounce pleasing (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pleasing

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

pleasing

adjective
pleas·​ing | \ ˈplē-ziŋ \

Kids Definition of pleasing

: giving pleasure : agreeable

Other Words from pleasing

pleasingly adverb

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