WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
please /pliz/USA pronunciation
adv., v., pleased, pleas•ing.
- (used as a polite addition to requests, etc.) if you would be so willing;
kindly:Please come here. A cup of coffee, please.
- [~ + object] to give pleasure, happiness, or gratification to:You can't please everyone.
- [no object; used after words like wherever, whatever, anywhere, anyone] to like, wish, or feel inclined;
choose:Go wherever you please. Ask anyone you please.
- if you please:
- (used after a request, etc., to add politeness) if it is your pleasure;
if you like or wish:Step over here, if you please, and raise your right hand.
- (used to express astonishment, anger, etc.):If you please, madam! Stop shouting!
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please /pliːz/ vb
- to give satisfaction, pleasure, or contentment to (a person); make or cause (a person) to be glad
- to be the will of or have the will (to): if it pleases you, the court pleases
- if you please ⇒ if you will or wish, sometimes used in ironic exclamation
- pleased with ⇒ happy because of
- please oneself ⇒ to do as one likes
Etymology: 14th Century plese, from Old French plaisir, from Latin placēre to please, satisfypleased adj pleasedly /ˈpliːzɪdlɪ/ adv
- (sentence modifier) used in making polite requests and in pleading, asking for a favour, etc
- yes please ⇒ a polite formula for accepting an offer, invitation, etc
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