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

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Turns out, there is an aesthetically-pleasing solution to the artwork from kiddos laying around the house. 13. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "All the Design Lessons We Learned From Bobby Berk on Season 3 of 'Queer Eye'," 16 Mar. 2019 Of course, none of his crowd-pleasing maneuvers would work if his teammates weren’t ready for Born Ready, too. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Method to his madness: Anatomy of a Lance Stephenson razzle-dazzle pass," 30 Jan. 2018 The mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota, just won his third term in office, but the presidential nominees won't copy his people-pleasing policies anytime soon. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "YES: Dog Is Reelected for a Third Time as a Minnesota Mayor," 23 Aug. 2016 This family-pleasing recipe is heart healthy and doesn't take a lot of effort or ingredients. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Potsticker and Vegetable Stir-Fry," 9 Feb. 2015 Use your imagination and combine upright and trailing plants, edibles, and flowers for pleasing and colorful effects. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 No, the trouble lies in the less assured translation of Ms. Fey’s sly take on adolescent social angst into crowd-pleasing song and dance. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Mean Girls’ Sets the Perils of Being Popular to Song," 8 Apr. 2018 While people of course have different aesthetic proclivities, there are some things that are just pleasing to all of us. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 2018 Even without bed frames, our bedroom was pleasing to me. Hedia Anvar, Longreads, "How To Build An Intellectual," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of pleasing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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pleasing

adjective

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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