Definition of please verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    please

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pliːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pliːz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they please
    BrE BrE//pliːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pliːz//
     
    he / she / it pleases
    BrE BrE//ˈpliːzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpliːzɪz//
     
    past simple pleased
    BrE BrE//pliːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pliːzd//
     
    past participle pleased
    BrE BrE//pliːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pliːzd//
     
    -ing form pleasing
    BrE BrE//ˈpliːzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpliːzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] please (somebody) it pleases somebody to do something to make somebody happy You can't please everybody. He's a difficult man to please. There's just no pleasing some people (= some people are impossible to please). I did it to please my parents. She's always very eager to please. opposite displease
  2. 2[intransitive] often used after as or what, where, etc. to mean ‘to want’, ‘to choose’ or ‘to like’ to do something You may stay as long as you please. She always does exactly as she pleases. I'm free now to live wherever I please.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French plaisir ‘to please’, from Latin placere.Extra examples Some children are very difficult to please. The planning policy failed to please anyone. The result pleased us enormously. There’s just no pleasing some people. He’s a difficult man to please. She’s always very eager to please.Idioms
    1. 1(old-fashioned, formal) used when politely asking somebody to do something Take a seat, if you please.
    2. 2(old-fashioned, especially British English) used to say that you are annoyed or surprised at somebody’s actions And now, if you please, he wants me to rewrite the whole thing!
    to be very attractive to look at used to say that you very much hope or wish that something will happen Please God, don't let him be dead. (informal) used to tell somebody that you are annoyed with them and do not care what they do ‘I don't think I'll bother finishing this.’ ‘Please yourself.’
    please yourself, do as you please
     
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    to be able to do whatever you like There were no children to cook for, so we could just please ourselves.
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