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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There’s a commercial appeal to the writing, a crowd-pleasing directness that would benefit from a tighter structure. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Idina Menzel lights up the sexy-neurotic comedy ‘Skintight’ at the Geffen Playhouse," 13 Sep. 2019 Everything about Just Mercy says Very Important Movie, and the standing ovation after the crowd-pleasing end went on and on. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Toronto Diary: In Fall Movies, Truth Is Stranger (and Better) Than Fiction," 10 Sep. 2019 This year’s lineup up featured artists who gave crowd-pleasing performances from names like FKA twigs, Jill Scott, Tierra Whack and more. Essence, "Afropunk 2019: Everything We Loved This Year At Brooklyn's Blackest Festival," 27 Aug. 2019 In the crowd-pleasing comedy, Jillian Bell portrays an overweight woman who signs up for a lengthy race to get her life on track. Rebecca Rubin,, "‘Angel Has Fallen’ rises to No. 1 with $21 million debut," 25 Aug. 2019 Though her surroundings were unconventional, the acoustics in the bathroom made for an ear-pleasing environment with its floor to ceiling tiles. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Katy Perry Belts Out 'Small Talk' During 'Potty Jams' Session in the Bathroom with Her Band," 23 Aug. 2019 The era of cheap borrowing is fostering corporate America’s favorite investor-pleasing activity: Share buybacks. Larry Light, Fortune, "More than Half of All Stock Buybacks are Now Financed by Debt. Here’s Why That’s a Problem," 20 Aug. 2019 She has been described as everything from vivacious and highly connected to the people-pleasing life of the party. Fox News, "A look at Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged 'recruiter'," 13 Aug. 2019 Matthew Macfadyen, who plays Tom Wambsgans expertly as a power-hungry man who knows his place is pleasing Logan Roy’s darling daughter, says his character can’t ever forget he’s second fiddle. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Does Succession Get Tom and Shiv's Relationship Right? A Vanderbilt Says Yes.," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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