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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017 please /pliz/
USA pronunciation adv., v., pleased, pleas•ing. adv.
(used as a polite addition to requests, etc.) if you would be so willing; kindly: Please come here. A cup of coffee, please. v.
to give pleasure, happiness, or gratification to: You can't please everyone. [~ + object ]
to like, wish, or feel inclined; choose: Go wherever you please. Ask anyone you please. [no object; used after words like wherever, whatever, anywhere, anyone ] Idioms
Idioms if you please:
Idioms(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. Idioms(used to express astonishment, anger, etc.): If you please, madam! Stop shouting! See
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(plēz), USA pronunciation adv., v., pleased, pleas•ing. adv.
(used as a polite addition to requests, commands, etc.) if you would be so obliging; kindly: Please come here. Will you please turn the radio off? v.t.
to act to the pleasure or satisfaction of: to please the public.
to be the pleasure or will of: May it please your Majesty. v.i.
to like, wish, or feel inclined: Go where you please.
to give pleasure or satisfaction; be agreeable: manners that please. if you please:
Idiomsif it be your pleasure; if you like or prefer. Idioms(used as an exclamation expressing astonishment, indignation, etc.): The missing letter was in his pocket, if you please!
pleas ′a•ble, adj.
(plē ′zid lē, plēzd ′-), USA pronunciation adv.
pleas ′ed•ness, n. pleas ′er, n.
Middle French plaisir Latin placēre to please, seem good (see placid); the use of please with requests, etc., is presumably a reduction of the clause ( it) please you may it please you, later reinforced by imper. use of intransitive please to be pleased, wish (verb, verbal) Middle English plesen, plaisen 1275–1325
4. choose, desire, prefer. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
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 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 Etymology: 14 th Century plese, from Old French plaisir, from Latin placēre to please, satisfy pleased adj pleasedly / ˈpliːzɪdlɪ/ adv
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'Please mark x in the box against any you would not wish to
'Please treat this as critical issue.'
"...if you could please call me back...."
"attached please review"
"Can I get pure/plain black coffee, please?"
"Can you read what's (are?) in the blue box, please"??
"Don't smoke here please"
"Help me please" or "Please help me"
"i'm here so let me know when you want to chat please."
"Let me pass" - "Pass on, please"
"please accept my thanks"
"Please come in" Is the "in" an adverb or a preposition?
"Please consider TO VERB" -or- "...VERBING"?
"Please don't ..."
"Please ensure that at least one representative from each team attend(s) the review session."
"Please excuse the mess" in American English
"Please kindly suggest me"
"Please remain seated until the seat belt sign has been turned off"
"Please, yes" v. "Yes, please"
"please" in reported speech?
"Settle that idiot's account at once, please."
"Shall I ...?"---"Yes, please/please do."
"Squat a bit please." (taking a photo, so that I can see the man's face behind the listener )
"vaudeville please copy", O. Henry
"Will" or "Would" or "Please"?
"Yes, please" or "Sure, you could"
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