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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Companies that specialize in design aren’t just building aesthetically pleasing products like the iPhone or skyscrapers. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "How Weight Watchers and Ford Are 'Redesigning' Their Businesses," 27 June 2018 The idea that Asian Americans are thriving reinforces the pleasing notion of meritocracy, and that racial barriers can be overcome with some good old-fashioned American grit. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: The Asian Glass Ceiling," 4 June 2018 At the time the rule was put into place, the NBA was viewed as an uncivilized place, with skirmishes detracting from what has since moved to a more free-flowing, aesthetically pleasing game. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Has NBA common sense arrived too late for Heat?," 3 June 2018 The interplay of pattern and color is most pleasing. Mark Feeney,, "The PRC arrives in Porter Square," 12 July 2018 Who knew De Niro's lasting role would be irrelevant gasbag pleasing irrelevant peers. Fox News, "Excitement builds in Singapore over historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un," 12 June 2018 NC 16104 University Oak 210-802-7864 Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling Here’s a truly palate pleasing affair: Belly up to the bar at Ranger Creek and order one (at least) of the tasting flights offered. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 5 distilleries," 4 June 2018 Director Roy Alan also serves as choreographer and knows how to work the Playhouse stage to produce the most crowd-pleasing moments. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Nunsense' carries on preaching its insipid fun," 12 Apr. 2018 The Union played one of their most aesthetically pleasing halves of soccer in a while in the first 45 minutes at Colorado, then gave up three goals in the second 45. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "As Union's offense stalls, Borek Dockal sees 'a lot of room to improve'," 3 Apr. 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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