American English

Definition of please exclamation from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used as a polite way of asking for something or telling someone to do something Please sit down. Two coffees, please. Quiet please! Please could I leave early today?
  2. 2used to add force to a request or statement Please don't leave me here alone. Please, please don't forget. Please, I don't understand what I have to do.
  3. 3used as a polite way of accepting something “Would you like some help?” “Yes, please.” “Coffee?” “Please.”
  4. 4Please! (informal) (often humorous) used to ask someone to stop behaving badly Children, please! I'm trying to work. John! Please!
  5. 5Please/P-lease
    used when you are replying to someone who has said something that you think is stupid Oh, please! You cannot be serious.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: please