Origin of pleasing
Definition for pleasing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), pleased, pleas·ing.
verb (used without object), pleased, pleas·ing.
Origin of please
Examples from the Web for pleasing
That plan is pleasing investors: After the layoffs were announced, Microsoft stock jumped 3.8 percent to a 14-year high.
She first gains the respect of Khal Drogo by pleasing him sexually.Valar Morghulis: Game of Thrones’ Women Are Going to Rule the World|Scott Bixby|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He follows his own muse—he's a world-class weirdo—but at the same time, he's never solely concerned with pleasing himself.
Coldplay, on the other hand, always seemed to care about nothing but pleasing its audience.Gwyneth Paltrow Haunts Coldplay’s Self-Conscious Breakup Album ‘Ghost Stories’|Andrew Romano|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Coldplay, on the other hand, seems to care about nothing but pleasing its audience.Why Is It Cool to Hate Coldplay? A First Listen of New Album ‘Ghost Stories’|Andrew Romano|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The attempt to fix certain opinions on the nation which were pleasing Liberty of the press.
This plan seemed to the wild crusaders alike profitable, easy to fulfil, and pleasing to God.History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
The dinner was now wound up with coffee and cigarettes—not the least pleasing part to me—and a hubbub of chatting.
The scenes, just now all soft and pleasing, give way to others which unite the lovely and the severe.
Few as are these words, they convey a positive picture of Fox's intent, and a pleasing picture it is.Old-Time Gardens|Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for pleasing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for pleasing (2 of 2)
Word Origin for please
Word Origin and History for pleasing
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."
Idioms and Phrases with pleasing
see as you please.