pleas·​ing ˈplē-ziŋ How to pronounce pleasing (audio)
: giving pleasure : agreeable
the sun's pleasing warmth
pleasingly adverb
pleasingness noun

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pleasing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: giving pleasure : agreeable
pleasingly adverb

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