Please

please [please pleases pleased pleasing] exclamation, verb BrE [pliːz]
NAmE [pliːz]
exclamation
1. used as a polite way of asking for sth or telling sb to do sth
Please sit down.
Two coffees, please.
Quiet please!
Please could I leave early today?
2. used to add force to a request or statement
Please don't leave me here alone.
Please, please don't forget.
Please, I don't understand what I have to do.
3. used as a polite way of accepting sth
‘Would you like some help?’ ‘Yes, please.’
‘Coffee?’ ‘Please.’
4. Please! (informal, often humorous) used to ask sb to stop behaving badly
Children, please! I'm trying to work.
John! Please!
5. Please/P-lease BrE [pəˈliːz]
; NAmE [pəˈliːz]
used when you are replying to sb who has said sth that you think is stupid
Oh, please! You cannot be serious.
Word Origin:
Middle English: from Old French plaisir ‘to please’, from Latin placere.
Idioms: do as you please if you please please God please the eye please yourself
verb
1. transitive, intransitive ~ (sb) | it pleases sb to do sth to make sb happy
You can't please everybody.
He's a difficult man to please.
There's just no pleasing some people (= some people are impossible to please).
I did it to please my parents.
She's always very eager to please.
Opp: displease
2. intransitive often used after as or what, where, etc. to mean ‘to want’, ‘to choose’ or ‘to like’ to do sth
You may stay as long as you please.
She always does exactly as she pleases.
I'm free now to live wherever I please.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
Middle English: from Old French plaisir ‘to please’, from Latin placere.
Thesaurus:
please verb T, I
I did it to please my parents.
satisfy • • delight|especially spoken make sb's day|written gratify
formal Opp: displease
It pleased/satisfied/delighted/gratified sb that…
It pleased/delighted/gratified sb to find/hear/know/see/think…
You can't please/satisfy everybody/everyone.
Please or satisfy? Sth that satisfies you is just good enough, but sth might please you very much:
The result pleased us enormously.
 ✗ The result satisfied us enormously.
Example Bank:
Some children are very difficult to please.
The planning policy failed to please anyone.
The result pleased us enormously.
There's just no pleasing some people.
He's a difficult man to please.
She's always very eager to please.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. t.1.To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy.
[imp. & p. p. Pleased; p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasing.]
I pray to God that it may plesen you.
What next I bring shall please thee, be assured.
2.To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will.
Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he.
A man doing as he wills, and doing as he pleases, are the same things in common speech.
3.To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; - used impersonally.
To-morrow, may it please you.
To be pleased in
to have complacency in; to take pleasure in.
To be pleased to do a thing
to take pleasure in doing it; to have the will to do it; to think proper to do it.
v. i.1.To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions.
What pleasing scemed, for her now pleases more.
For we that live to please, must please to live.
2.To have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent.
Heavenly stranger, please to taste
These bounties.
That he would please 8give me my liberty.

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