Please Definition

pleased, pleases, pleasing
pleased, pleases, pleasing
To be agreeable; give pleasure; satisfy.
To aim to please.
Webster's New World
To be agreeable to; give pleasure to; satisfy.
Webster's New World
To have the will or wish; like [to do as one pleases]
You are pleased to scoff.
Webster's New World
To be the will or desire of.
May it please the court to admit this firearm as evidence.
American Heritage
To be the will or wish of.
It pleased him to remain.
Webster's New World
Used for politeness in requests or commands to mean “be obliging enough (to)”
Please sit down.
Webster's New World
Yes. Used in polite affirmative replies to offers.
May I help you? Please.
American Heritage

An expression of annoyance or impatience.

Oh, please, do we have to hear that again?
if you please
  • if you wish or like; if you will; if you permit
Webster's New World
please God
  • if it pleases God; if it is God's will
Webster's New World
please oneself
  • to do as one wishes
Webster's New World

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Origin of Please

  • Middle English plesen, plaisen, from Old French plaise, conjugated form of plaisir or plaire, from Latin placÄ“re (“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 cwÄ“man (“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 lÄ«cian (“to please, be like")), Middle English lusten, listen (“to be pleasing, delight") (from Old English lystan (“to please")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Short for if you please, an intransitive, ergative form taken from if it please you, which replaced pray.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English plesen from Old French plaisir pleasant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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