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

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This provocative juxtaposition was readily evident in the video; its viral spread was assisted by the fact that Orliński’s good looks—an athletic physique, a square jaw, abundant curls, and striking blue eyes—are as uncommonly pleasing as his voice. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Millennial Countertenor’s Pop-Star Appeal," 15 July 2019 Vegetable gardens may not be as visually pleasing as the floral variety, but Floridians looking to save some green by growing their own salad fixings can soon do so without fear. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Florida towns can no longer ban residential vegetable gardens," 26 June 2019 Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale is told in a visual medium, and it is meant to be visually pleasing. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Kylie Jenner Handmaid’s Tale controversy is part of a larger story," 12 June 2019 In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the bag opens easily, is pickpocket-proof, and has card slots. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Lutz Morris and KPM Launch a Bauhaus-Themed Collection That Will Have Art Lovers and Aesthetes Swooning," 31 May 2019 Far from creating a pleasing sound, the composer had created disturbing dissonances, which contribute to the sense of a titanic struggle in which hope overcomes despair. National Geographic, "How Beethoven went from Napoleon’s biggest fan to his worst critic," 24 Apr. 2019 Location: Barrington, Illinois Price: $770,000 Few things are as instantly pleasing as the entryway to a midcentury modern ranch. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Expansive midcentury modern home asks $770K," 30 July 2018 Ming Dynasty’s seafood offerings tend to shine the brightest, though congee and bao were pleasing as well. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Seafood is a real strength at this new dim-sum spot in Sacramento's central city | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 For one thing, soprano Amanda Majeski, commanding with a pleasing sound, was able to shade meaning by changing her colors. Peter Dobrin,, "Karina Canellakis at Curtis Institute stuns with precision in bold selection," 30 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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