- (used as a polite addition to requests, commands, etc.) if you would be so obliging; kindly: Please come here. Will you please turn the radio off?
- to like, wish, or feel inclined: Go where you please.
- to give pleasure or satisfaction; be agreeable: manners that please.
- if you please,
- if it be your pleasure; if you like or prefer.
- (used as an exclamation expressing astonishment, indignation, etc.): The missing letter was in his pocket, if you please!
Origin of please
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Examples from the Web for pleased
I'm pleased with my decision to avoid the routine script problems in favor of the spicy stuff.
I hand him the script and with it a little speech about how excited and pleased I am with the work, blah-blah-blah.
LaBeouf remained silent, and the “actor”—or person visiting him in the room—could do whatever they pleased with him.Shia LaBeouf Claims He Was Raped During His Performance Art Project #IAMSORRY
November 28, 2014
When the song ended, Wembore anticipated a fight and took off, pleased with the subversion of his dance.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
When he was done doing as he pleased, Vann allowed the woman to leave.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
October 21, 2014
Mrs. Rushton was pleased with this mark of attention, and after a slight demur, accepted.Brave and Bold
He was pleased, moreover, to feel a new respect for Uncle Peter.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Parents, proceeded she, when children are young, are pleased with every thing they do.
Is she not for ever obliged (as she was pleased to hint to me) to be of the forbearing side?
They would serve to shew me, she was pleased to say, how much in earnest my father was.
- to give satisfaction, pleasure, or contentment to (a person); make or cause (a person) to be glad
- to be the will of or have the will (to)if it pleases you; the court pleases
- if you please if you will or wish, sometimes used in ironic exclamation
- pleased with happy because of
- please oneself to do as one likes
- (sentence modifier) used in making polite requests and in pleading, asking for a favour, etcplease don't tell the police where I am
- yes please a polite formula for accepting an offer, invitation, etc
Word Origin and History for pleased
"satisfied, contented," late 14c., past participle adjective from please (v.).
early 14c., "to be agreeable," from Old French plaisir "to please, give pleasure to, satisfy" (11c., Modern French plaire, the form of which is perhaps due to analogy of faire), from Latin placere "to be acceptable, be liked, be approved," related to placare "to soothe, quiet" (source of Spanish placer, Italian piacere), possibly from PIE *plak-e- "to be calm," via notion of still water, etc., from root *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta).
Meaning "to delight" in English is from late 14c. Inverted use for "to be pleased" is from c.1500, first in Scottish, and paralleling the evolution of synonymous like (v.). Intransitive sense (e.g. do as you please) first recorded c.1500; imperative use (e.g. please do this), first recorded 1620s, was probably a shortening of if it please (you) (late 14c.). Related: Pleased; pleasing; pleasingly.
Verbs for "please" supply the stereotype polite word (e.g. "Please come in," short for may it please you to ...) in many languages (French, Italian), "But more widespread is the use of the first singular of a verb for 'ask, request' " [Buck, who cites German bitte, Polish proszę, etc.]. Spanish favor is short for hace el favor "do the favor." Danish has in this sense vær saa god, literally "be so good."
Idioms and Phrases with pleased
see as you please.