(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 act to the pleasure or satisfaction of: to please the public.
to be the pleasure or will of: May it please your Majesty.
to like, wish, or feel inclined: Go where you please.
to give pleasure or satisfaction; be agreeable: manners that please.
Idioms about 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!
- pleas·a·ble, adjective
- pleas·ed·ly [plee-zid-lee, pleezd-], /ˈpli zɪd li, ˈplizd-/, adverb
- pleas·ed·ness, noun
- pleas·er, noun
- half-pleased, adjective
- out·please, verb (used with object), out·pleased, out·pleas·ing.
- o·ver·please, verb, o·ver·pleased, o·ver·pleas·ing.
- self-pleased, adjective
- un·pleas·a·ble, adjective
- un·pleased, adjective
- well-pleased, adjective
- pleas, please
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How to use please in a sentence
“please, please do not permit this to happen here in Florida,” wrote Cris K. Smith of East Polk County.
“please,” he laughed, handing me the map after he was finished sketching.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
please, Your Excellencies, consider my case with justice and intervene on my behalf.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike | IranWire | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
please know she has a very special place in our collective hearts.
I would nod, and we'd tell the St. Regis 'One more night, please.'Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All please noteHis wondrous height and girth; He has the longest legs and throatOf anything on earth.
Add to this, if you please, the great difficulty of obtaining from them even the words that they have.
I desired the captain would please to accept this ring in return of his civilities, which he absolutely refused.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
Hain't I kep' in doors uv a nite, an quit chawn tobacker and smokin' segars just to please her?The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
She would not dare to choose, and begged that Mademoiselle Reisz would please herself in her selections.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for please
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, etc: please don't tell the police where I am
yes please a polite formula for accepting an offer, invitation, etc
- pleasable, adjective
- pleased, adjective
- pleasedly (ˈpliːzɪdlɪ), adverb
- pleaser, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with please
see as you please.
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