[ plee-zing ]
/ ˈpli zɪŋ /


giving pleasure; agreeable; gratifying: a pleasing performance.

Origin of pleasing

First recorded in 1350–1400, pleasing is from the Middle English word plesing. See please, -ing2
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Definition for pleasing (2 of 2)


[ 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.

to act to the pleasure or satisfaction of: to please the public.
to be the pleasure or will of: May it please your Majesty.

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.

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
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Can be confusedpleas please Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pleasing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpliːzɪŋ) /


giving pleasure; likable or gratifying
Derived Formspleasingly, adverbpleasingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for pleasing (2 of 2)


/ (pliːz) /



(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 Formspleasable, 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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Word Origin and History for pleasing


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Idioms and Phrases with pleasing


see as you please.

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