American English

Definition of please verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they please
    he / she / it pleases
    past simple pleased
    -ing form pleasing
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] please (somebody) it pleases somebody to do something to make someone 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. Idioms
    as… as you please (informal)
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    used to emphasize the manner in which someone does something, especially when this is surprising She walked right up to the president and shook his hand, as calm as you please.
    if you please (old-fashioned) (formal)
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    used when politely asking someone to do something Take a seat, if you please.
    please the eye
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    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.
    please yourself (informal)
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    used to tell someone 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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: please