[ dis-pleez ]
/ dɪsˈpliz /

verb (used with object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.

to incur the dissatisfaction, dislike, or disapproval of; offend; annoy: His reply displeased the judge.

verb (used without object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.

to be unpleasant; cause displeasure: Bad weather displeases.

Origin of displease

1300–50; Middle English desplesen < Anglo-French, Middle French desplaisir. See dis-1, please

Related forms

dis·pleas·ing·ly, adverbdis·pleas·ing·ness, nounself-dis·pleased, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for displease


/ (dɪsˈpliːz) /


to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)

Derived Forms

displeasing, adjectivedispleasingly, adverb
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