verb (used with object), pleased, pleas·ing.
verb (used without object), pleased, pleas·ing.
- pleasant island,
- pleased as punch,
- 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
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|Marlow Stern|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When he was done doing as he pleased, Vann allowed the woman to leave.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start|Michael Daly|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She saw in them, it is true, a reflex of her own power—and that pleased, but it did not move her.Mary Marston|George MacDonald
When she saw him, he pleased her; she had a desire to attract him, to see him often.The Red Lily, Complete|Anatole France
Then, O great king, Kapila was pleased with Ansuman, and that saint of a virtuous soul told him to ask for a favour from him.Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1|Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
They had been naturally attracted and pleased by his marked social qualities and characteristics.Blood Royal|Grant Allen
Search it as they pleased, not even the practisect eye of Captain Davis could descry the smallest interruption.The Ebb-Tide|Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
Word Origin for please
"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."
see as you please.