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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The gender gap starts at childhood, when girls are taught to be likable, perfect and pleasing, while boys are encouraged to be strong, confident and brave. New York Times, "Harassment, Equality, Power: What Leaders Said at the New Rules Summit," 17 June 2019 The climax is both pleasing and glib in tying knots, as well as loose ends, and closing circles. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Review: More Smoke Than Fire," 21 Feb. 2019 Fortunately, there are strategies for changing these people-pleasing ways. Diane Stopyra, Marie Claire, "Let Them Eat Cake (And Whatever Else They Want)," 24 May 2019 During her visit to the Foundling Museum, Kate dazzled the crowd of royal fans by borrowing her three-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte's, signature, crowd-pleasing move: The Turn and Wave. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Copied Charlotte's Signature Wave at Her Last Engagement," 20 Mar. 2019 This crowd-pleasing appetizer is best paired with maple syrup. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Maple-Glazed Sausage Pops," 8 Mar. 2019 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

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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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