- To please is to make someone happy or satisfied.
- An example of please is when your actions make someone happy.
- An example of please is when you can go wherever you like.
transitive verbpleased, pleasing
- to be agreeable to; give pleasure to; satisfy
- to be the will or wish of: it pleased him to remain
Origin of pleaseMiddle English plaisen ; from Middle French plaisir ; from Classical Latin placere, to please, akin to placidus, gentle, mild, placare, to calm, soothe ; from Indo-European an unverified form plāk-, flat, smooth ; from base an unverified form plā- from source plain
- to be agreeable; give pleasure; satisfy: to aim to please
- to have the will or wish; like [to do as one pleases]: also used passively: you are pleased to scoff
if you please
verbpleased pleased, pleas·ing, pleas·es
- To give enjoyment, pleasure, or satisfaction to; make glad or contented.
- To be the will or desire of: May it please the court to admit this firearm as evidence.
- To give satisfaction or pleasure; be agreeable: waiters who try hard to please.
- To have the will or desire; wish: Do as you please. Sit down, if you please.
- If it is your desire or pleasure; if you please. Used in polite requests: Please stand back. Pay attention, please.
- Yes. Used in polite affirmative replies to offers: May I help you? Please.
Origin of pleaseMiddle English plesen, from Old French plaisir; see pleasant.
(third-person singular simple present pleases, present participle pleasing, simple past and past participle pleased)
Middle English plesen, plaisen, from Old French plaise, conjugated form of plaisir or plaire, from Latin placēre (“to please, to seem good”) , from the Proto-Indo-European *plā-k- (“wide and flat”). Displaced native Middle English quemen, queamen (“to please”) (from Old English cwēman (“to please”)), Middle English biluvien (“to please, delight”) (from Middle English bi-, be- + luvien (“to love”)), Middle English liken (“to like, please”) (from Old English līcian (“to please, be like”)), Middle English lusten, listen (“to be pleasing, delight”) (from Old English lystan (“to please”)).
Short for if you please, an intransitive, ergative form taken from if it please you, which replaced pray.