pleas·​ing | \ ˈplē-ziŋ \

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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Watch the rest of the insightful video, including a magpie-pleasing look at Apfel's latest jewelry sale on One Kings Lane on Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch: Iris Apfel Gives Leandra Medine Marriage Advice," 17 Nov. 2014 My role was to edit, to make a boatload of stuff cohesive and pleasing to the eye. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Alexander Doherty on Creating a Colorful Manhattan Apartment with Character," 2 Nov. 2012 Then delve into the boutiques of the Design District for some of Europe’s most eye-pleasing fashion and home décor. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 2018 Cleaning the toilet isn't exactly a fun chore, and the fact that most standard toilet brushes aren't exactly aesthetically pleasing doesn't help, either. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Disguise Your Toilet Brush With This Crazy-Clever Cactus," 28 Aug. 2018 Instruments and vocals have an organic and realistic timbre that’s both pleasing and enticing. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: sonic standout," 30 Nov. 2018 The predominant limestone and sandstone walls in Mammoth Cave tend to reflect sound in aesthetically pleasing ways. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 In the woods behind a subdivision in suburban Birmingham, Ala., this July, loggers downed all but the most aesthetically pleasing trees on George Lutz’s 60 acres. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 The aesthetically pleasing video directed by Dave Meyers, similar to the song, captures the intertwining of sexuality and spirituality. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Ariana Grande Debuts Galaxy-Spanning 'God Is a Woman' Video: Watch," 13 July 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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