Definition of pleased adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pliːzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pliːzd//
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  1. 1  feeling happy about something pleased (with somebody/something) She was very pleased with her exam results. The boss should be pleased with you. pleased (that…) I'm really pleased that you're feeling better. pleased (to hear, know, etc. something) I'm pleased to hear about your news. You're coming? I'm so pleased. He did not look too pleased when I told him. Synonymsgladhappy pleased delighted proud relieved thrilledThese words all describe people feeling happy about something that has happened or is going to happen.glad [not usually before noun] happy about something or grateful for it:He was glad he’d come. She was glad when the meeting was over.happy pleased about something nice that you have to do or something that has happened to somebody:We are happy to announce the engagement of our daughter.pleased [not before noun] happy about something that has happened or something that you have to do:She was very pleased with her exam results. You’re coming? I’m so pleased.glad, happy or pleased?Feeling pleased can suggest that you have judged somebody/​something and approve of them. Feeling glad can be more about feeling grateful for something. You cannot be ‘glad with somebody’:The boss should be glad with you. Happy can mean glad, pleased or satisfied.delighted very pleased about something; very happy to do something; showing your delight:I’m delighted at your news. Delighted is often used to accept an invitation:‘Can you stay for dinner?’ ‘I’d be delighted (to).’proud pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with:proud parents He was proud of himself for not giving up.relieved feeling happy because something unpleasant has stopped or has not happened; showing this:You’ll be relieved to know your jobs are safe.thrilled [not before noun] (rather informal) extremely pleased and excited about something:I was thrilled to be invited.delighted or thrilled? Thrilled may express a stronger feeling than delighted, but delighted can be made stronger with absolutely, more than or only too. Thrilled can be made negative and ironic with not exactly or less than:She was not exactly thrilled at the prospect of looking after her niece.Patterns glad/​happy/​pleased/​delighted/​relieved/​thrilled about something pleased/​delighted/​relieved/​thrilled at something glad/​happy/​pleased/​delighted/​thrilled for somebody glad/​happy/​pleased/​delighted/​proud/​relieved/​thrilled that…/to see/​hear/​find/​know… very glad/​happy/​pleased/​proud/​relieved absolutely delighted/​thrilled See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2  pleased to do something happy or willing to do something We are always pleased to be able to help. I was pleased to hear you've been promoted. Aren't you pleased to see me? (especially British English) Pleased to meet you (= said when you are introduced to somebody). Thank you for your invitation, which I am very pleased to accept. I am pleased to inform you that the book you ordered has arrived.
  3. Extra examples I am always pleased to hear from former students. I’m very pleased for you both. She seemed pleased at our success. She seemed surprised and not at all pleased to see him. They seemed pleased enough with the result. We are immensely pleased with this result. You must be pleased by their confidence in you. pleased about the move I was pleased to hear you’ve been promoted. Pleased to meet you. She was none too pleased/​far from pleased/​not best pleased at having to do it all again. You’re coming? I’m so pleased.Idioms
    far from pleased, none too pleased
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    not pleased; angry She was none too pleased at having to do it all again. See related entries: Anger
    only too pleased (to do something)
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    very happy or willing to do something We're only too pleased to help.
    very pleased Now he’s passed his driving test, he’s as pleased as Punch. More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet. See related entries: Happiness (often disapproving) too proud of something you have done He was looking very pleased with himself.
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