- 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[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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French plaisir
- 1(old-fashioned, formal) used when politely asking somebody to do something Take a seat, if you please.
- 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!
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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//