WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.

  • v. 
  • [+ 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.
  • idiom
      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!

    See -plac-.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    please /pliːz/ vb
    1. to give satisfaction, pleasure, or contentment to (a person); make or cause (a person) to be glad
    2. to be the will of or have the will (to): if it pleases you, the court pleases
    3. if you pleaseif you will or wish, sometimes used in ironic exclamation
    4. pleased withhappy because of
    5. please oneselfto do as one likes
    1. (sentence modifier) used in making polite requests and in pleading, asking for a favour, etc
    2. yes pleasea polite formula for accepting an offer, invitation, etc
    Etymology: 14th Century plese, from Old French plaisir, from Latin placēre to please, satisfy

    pleased adj pleasedly /ˈpliːzɪdlɪ/ adv

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