[ pleez ]
/ pliz /
(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?
verb (used with object), pleased, pleas·ing.
verb (used without object), pleased, pleas·ing.
to like, wish, or feel inclined: Go where you please.
to give pleasure or satisfaction; be agreeable: manners that please.
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Idioms for 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!
if you please,
Origin of please
1275–1325; (v.) Middle English plesen, plaisen<Middle French plaisir ≪ Latin 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
OTHER WORDS FROM please
pleas·a·ble, adjectivepleas·ed·ly [plee-zid-lee, pleezd-], /ˈpli zɪd li, ˈplizd-/, adverbpleas·ed·ness, nounpleaser, noun
half-pleased, adjectiveoutplease, verb (used with object), out·pleased, out·pleas·ing.o·ver·please, verb, o·ver·pleased, o·ver·pleas·ing.self-pleased, adjectiveself-pleaser, nounun·pleas·a·ble, adjectiveun·pleased, adjectivewell-pleased, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pleasepleas, please
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British Dictionary definitions for please
/ (pliːz) /
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
Derived forms of pleasepleasable, adjectivepleased, adjectivepleasedly (ˈpliːzɪdlɪ), adverbpleaser, noun
Word Origin for please
C14 plese, from Old French plaisir, from Latin placēre to please, satisfy
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Idioms and Phrases with please
see as you please.
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