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  1. (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?
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verb (used with object), pleased, pleas·ing.
  1. to act to the pleasure or satisfaction of: to please the public.
  2. to be the pleasure or will of: May it please your Majesty.
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verb (used without object), pleased, pleas·ing.
  1. to like, wish, or feel inclined: Go where you please.
  2. to give pleasure or satisfaction; be agreeable: manners that please.
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  1. if you please,
    1. if it be your pleasure; if you like or prefer.
    2. (used as an exclamation expressing astonishment, indignation, etc.): The missing letter was in his pocket, if you please!
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Origin of please

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English plesen, plaisen < Middle French plaisirLatin placēre to please, seem good (see placid); the use of please with requests, etc., is presumably a reduction of the clause (it) please you may it please you, later reinforced by imperative use of intransitive please to be pleased, wish
Related formspleas·a·ble, adjectivepleas·ed·ly [plee-zid-lee, pleezd-] /ˈpli zɪd li, ˈplizd-/, adverbpleas·ed·ness, nounpleas·er, nounhalf-pleased, adjectiveout·please, verb (used with object), out·pleased, out·pleas·ing.o·ver·please, verb, o·ver·pleased, o·ver·pleas·ing.self-pleased, adjectiveself-pleas·er, nounun·pleas·a·ble, adjectiveun·pleased, adjectivewell-pleased, adjective
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Related Words

appreciative, contented, satisfied, happy, content, charmed

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  • Mrs. Rushton was pleased with this mark of attention, and after a slight demur, accepted.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • 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.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Your patience, my dearest Mamma:—you were pleased to say, you would hear me with patience.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • They would serve to shew me, she was pleased to say, how much in earnest my father was.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for pleased


  1. to give satisfaction, pleasure, or contentment to (a person); make or cause (a person) to be glad
  2. to be the will of or have the will (to)if it pleases you; the court pleases
  3. if you please if you will or wish, sometimes used in ironic exclamation
  4. pleased with happy because of
  5. please oneself to do as one likes
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  1. (sentence modifier) used in making polite requests and in pleading, asking for a favour, etcplease don't tell the police where I am
  2. yes please a polite formula for accepting an offer, invitation, etc
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Derived Formspleasable, adjectivepleased, adjectivepleasedly (ˈpliːzɪdlɪ), adverbpleaser, noun

Word Origin

C14 plese, from Old French plaisir, from Latin placēre to please, satisfy
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Word Origin and History for pleased


"satisfied, contented," late 14c., past participle adjective from please (v.).

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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."

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Idioms and Phrases with pleased


see as you please.

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