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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
please /pliz/USA pronunciation
adv., v., pleased, pleas•ing. adv.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- (used as a polite addition to requests, etc.) if you would be so willing;
kindly:Please come here. A cup of coffee, please.
- to give pleasure, happiness, or gratification to:[~ + object]You can't please everyone.
- to like, wish, or feel inclined;
choose:[no object; used after words like wherever, whatever, anywhere, anyone]Go wherever you please. Ask anyone you please.
- Idiomsif 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!
(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?
- to act to the pleasure or satisfaction of:to please the public.
- to be the pleasure or will of:May it please your Majesty.
(plē′zid lē, plēzd′-),USA pronunciation adv.
- 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!
- 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.See corresponding entry in Unabridged choose, desire, prefer.
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
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
'please' also found in these entries:
-May I try it? - Please!
"...if you could please call me back...."
...please keep in mind that eating and drinking are allowed only inside the grounds.
...please prepare a photocopy of your passport, stating your zone, telephone number, “Sado Island”..
''Thank you. Please come again.'' - often said to customers
'Please mark x in the box against any you would not wish to
'Please treat this as critical issue.'
50 (dollars) please
A coffee and a cheese cake, please.
A glass of fizzy mineral water, please
a leader who does everything to please his people/ministers
A notice:Time is precious, please make your conversations short
A reminder that please forward the report to me
After you have paid, please send me the bank bill . (have paid?)
an 'as one please' case of study [adjective?]
And so, could you please
And surname, please!
anxious to please?
As you please... If you please ... Rude?
As you wish / please / want
As you wish. X As you please.
Ask him please/please ask him
Attached please find ..
Attached please find my CV in response to
Attached please find or Please find attached
Attached please find the picture of my car
Attached please find the weights of the items?
"attached please review"
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