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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
please /pliz/USA pronunciation   adv., v., pleased, pleas•ing. 

adv. 
  1. (used as a polite addition to requests, etc.) if you would be so willing;
    kindly:Please come here. A cup of coffee, please.

v. 
  1. to give pleasure, happiness, or gratification to[+ object]You can't please everyone.
  2. 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.
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-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
please  (plēz), 
adv., v., pleased, pleas•ing. 

adv. 
  1. (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. 
  1. to act to the pleasure or satisfaction of:to please the public.
  2. to be the pleasure or will of:May it please your Majesty.

v.i. 
  1. to like, wish, or feel inclined:Go where you please.
  2. to give pleasure or satisfaction; be agreeable:manners that please.
if you please: 
    • if it be your pleasure;
      if you like or prefer.
    • (used as an exclamation expressing astonishment, indignation, etc.):The missing letter was in his pocket, if you please!
Etymology:
  • 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
pleasa•ble, adj. 
pleas•ed•ly  (plēzid lē, plēzd-), 
adv. 
pleased•ness, n. 
pleaser, n. 
4 . choose, desire, prefer.

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
adv
  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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