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

  

pleasing

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈpliːzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpliːzɪŋ//
 
 
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that gives you pleasure or satisfaction a pleasing design pleasing to somebody/something The new building was pleasing to the eye. Synonymssatisfyingrewarding pleasing gratifying fulfillingThese words all describe an experience, activity or fact that gives you pleasure because it provides something you need or want.satisfying that gives you pleasure because it provides something you need or want:It’s satisfying to play a game really well.rewarding (of an experience or activity) that makes you happy because you think it is useful or important; worth doing:Nursing can be a very rewarding career.pleasing (rather formal) that gives you pleasure, especially to look at, hear or think about:It was a simple but pleasing design.gratifying (formal) that gives you pleasure, especially because it makes you feel that you have done well:It is gratifying to see such good results.fulfilling (of an experience or activity) that makes you happy, because it makes you feel your skills and talents are being used:I’m finding the work much more fulfilling now.satisfying, rewarding or fulfilling? Almost any experience, important or very brief, can be satisfying. Rewarding and fulfilling are used more for longer, more serious activities, such as jobs or careers. Satisfying and fulfilling are more about your personal satisfaction or happiness; rewarding is more about your sense of doing something important and being useful to others.Patterns a satisfying/​rewarding/​gratifying/​fulfilling experience/​feeling (a) satisfying/​rewarding/​fulfilling job/​career/​work to find something satisfying/​rewarding/​pleasing/​gratifyingExtra examples a design which is pleasing to the eye aesthetically pleasing colour combinations Her room was a pleasing blend of cream and rose pink. It is a pleasing fact that none of the winners comes from a privileged background. It was a simple but pleasing design. The new building was pleasing to the eye. You can create a very pleasing effect with pale colours on a dark background.
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