Definitions for please
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word please.
give pleasure to or be pleasing to
"These colors please the senses"; "a pleasing sensation"
be the will of or have the will (to)
"he could do many things if he pleased"
"The waiters around her aim to please"
used in polite request
"please pay attention"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: placeo, Lat. plaire, Fr.
They please themselves in the children of strangers. Is. ii. 6.
Whether it were a whistling wind, or a pleasing fall of water running violently. Wisdom xvii. 18.
Thou can’st not be so pleas’d at liberty,
As I shall be to find thou dar’st be free. Dryden.
Leave such to trifle with more grace and ease,
Whom folly pleases, and whose follies please. Alexander Pope.
Establish him in his true sense again,
And I will please you what you will demand. William Shakespeare.
What next I bring shall please
Thy wish exactly to thy heart’s desire. John Milton.
This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. Mat.
I have seen thy face, and thou wast pleased with me. Gen.
Fickle their state whom God
Most favours: who can please him long? John Milton.
Many of our most skilful painters were pleased to recommend this author to me, as one who perfectly understood the rules of painting. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
What pleasing seem’d, for her now pleases more. John Milton.
I found something that was more pleasing in them, than my ordinary productions. Dryden.
Their wine-offerings shall not be pleasing unto him. Hosea.
Spirits, freed from mortal laws, with ease
Assume what sexes and what shapes they please. Alexander Pope.
Please you, lords,
In sight of both our battles we may meet. William Shakespeare.
The first words that I learnt were, to express my desire, that he would please to give me my liberty. Gulliver.
Please is a word used in the English language to indicate politeness and respect while making a request. Derived from shortening the phrase "if you please" or "if it please(s) you", the term has taken on substantial nuance based on its intonation and the relationship between the persons between whom it is used. In much of the Western world, use of the word is considered proper etiquette, and parents and authority figures often imprint upon children the importance of saying "please" when asking for something from an early age, leading to the description of the term as "the magic word".
Please is a polite word or an expression used to make a request or to indicate a desire for something. It is typically used to ask for assistance, permission, or to show courtesy when making a request or expressing gratitude.
Please is a word or term used to make a polite or formal request for something, or as a polite way of expressing a desire or preference. It is typically used to show politeness and respect towards others when asking for assistance, permission, or cooperation.
to give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy
to have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will
to be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; -- used impersonally
to afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions
to have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent
Etymology: [OE. plesen, OF. plaisir, fr. L. placere, akin to placare to reconcile. Cf. Complacent, Placable, Placid, Plea, Plead, Pleasure.]
Please is the first album by English electronic music group Pet Shop Boys, released in 1986. According to the duo, the album's title was chosen so that people had to go into a record shop and say "Can I have the Pet Shop Boys album, 'Please'?". The album has sold around 3 million copies worldwide to date. Hits from Please include "West End Girls", "Opportunities", "Suburbia", and "Love Comes Quickly". "West End Girls" was a hit in both the UK and the United States.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
plēz, v.t. to give pleasure to: to delight: to satisfy.—v.i. to like: to think fit: to choose: to give pleasure: used impers., followed by an object, originally dative, of the person=if it please you.—n. Pleas′ance, merriment: a pleasure garden.—adj. Pleas′ant, pleasing: agreeable: cheerful: gay: facetious.—adv. Pleas′antly.—ns. Pleas′antness; Pleas′antry, anything that promotes pleasure: merriment: lively or humorous talk: a trick:—pl. Pleas′antries; Please′man (Shak.), an officious fellow, a pick-thank; Pleas′er, one who pleases or gratifies.—adj. Pleas′ing, giving pleasure: agreeable: gratifying.—n. (Shak.) pleasure given: (B.) approbation.—adv. Pleas′ingly.—n. Pleas′ingness, the quality of giving pleasure.—adj. Pleas′urable, able to give pleasure: delightful: gratifying.—n. Pleas′urableness.—adv. Pleas′urably.—n. Pleasure (plezh′ūr), agreeable emotions: gratification of the senses or of the mind: what the will prefers: purpose: command: approbation.—v.t. (arch.) to give pleasure to.—ns. Pleas′ure-boat, a boat used for pleasure or amusement; Pleas′ure-ground, ground laid out in an ornamental manner for pleasure; Pleas′ure-house, a house to which one retires for recreation or pleasure.—adj. Pleas′ureless.—ns. Pleas′urer, one who seeks pleasure; Pleas′ure-trip, an excursion for pleasure.—At pleasure, whenever and as one pleases. [O. Fr. plaisir (Fr. plaire)—L. placēre, to please.]
To ask kindly.
They did say please when they requested a date for their order to be delivered as they were so grateful.
Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'please' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #993
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'please' in Written Corpus Frequency: #292
Rank popularity for the word 'please' in Verbs Frequency: #794
Rank popularity for the word 'please' in Adverbs Frequency: #85
The numerical value of please in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of please in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
But in the meantime please be safe, please be healthy and please be kind to one another, and please stop hoarding the toilet paper. Seriously. How dirty are you down there ?
I would note that that the last four questions have been, 'Rand, please attack Ted. Marco, please attack Ted. Chris, please attack Ted. Jeb, please attack Ted....
A sensible man knows you can't please everybody. A wise man knows you can't please anybody.
Can you guys please, please, please ask the [ Blue ] Columbus Blue Jackets if you guys can get him ! i was too nervous to go to that length, even though all my friends wanted me to.
I would appreciate it if you were at the park Saturday and saw Maddox Scott Ritch, to please, urgently, please, call the tip line, please, continue praying for him because I just want my baby home, please. Whatever you can do.
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- رضى, من فضلك, أرجوك, رجاءً, لو سمحت, لطفًا, رجاءArabic
- прашу, калі ласкаBelarusian
- প্লীজ, প্লিজBengali
- mar plijBreton
- complaure, agradar, si us plau, plaureCatalan, Valencian
- udělat radost, uspokojit, vyhovět, pokládat za vhodné, prosím, potěšitCzech
- os gwelwch yn ddaWelsh
- vær så venlig, Vær venligDanish
- bitte, gefallen, gerne, rechtmachenGerman
- τέρπω, δίνω ευχαρίστηση, ευχαριστώ, παρακαλώGreek
- plaĉi, bonvoluEsperanto
- agradar, favor de, porfa, por favor, gustarSpanish
- palun, palumeEstonian
- arren, otoi, mesedez, faborezBasque
- لطفا, خواهش میکنم, مهربانیPersian
- viihdyttää, miellyttää, olkaa hyväFinnish
- yalo vinakaFijian
- s'il te plaît, plaire, stoplait, s'il vous plaît, prière de, S.V.P., allez, PleaseFrench
- sásaigh, más é do thoil é, le do thoilIrish
- sàsaich, riaraich, ma 's e ur toil e, le do thoil, còrd ri, ma 's e do thoil e, le ur toilScottish Gaelic
- por favorGalician
- कृपया, प्लीज़, मेहरबानी करकेHindi
- kérem, légy szíves, legyen szívesHungarian
- խնդրեմ, գոհացնելArmenian
- minta tolong, tolongIndonesian
- accontentare, piacere, per piacere, per favoreItalian
- お願いします, ください, どうぞ, 喜ぶJapanese
- თუ შეიძლება, გთხოვთGeorgian
- тәңір жарылқасынKazakh
- 기쁘게 하다, 제발, 주다Korean
- بێ زهحمهتKurdish
- mar plegCornish
- сурайм, сизден өтүнөмKyrgyz
- quaeso, iuvāre, amabo, si me amas, placēre, amābō teLatin
- wann ech gliftLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- задоволува, ти се молам, молам, ви се молам, допаѓа, бендисуваMacedonian
- tolong, silaMalay
- ပါ, ကျေးဇူးပြု၍Burmese
- alsjeblieft, behagen, alstublieft, a.j.b., a.u.b., bevallenDutch
- vær så snill, behage, være til lags, tiltaleNorwegian
- tʼáá shǫǫdíNavajo, Navaho
- табуафсиOssetian, Ossetic
- błagam, uszczęśliwiać, zadowalać, proszę, błagam cię, proszę cięPolish
- faça-me o favor, por favor, agradar, faça favorPortuguese
- a incânta, plăcea, a mulțumi, vă rog, a satisface, te rogRomanian
- нравиться, будь добра, [[доставлять]] [[удовольствие]], будь добр, тешить, угождать, пожалуйста, будьте добры, просить, удовлетворять, радоватьRussian
- molim, молим, zadovoljiti, ugoditiSerbo-Croatian
- prosím, nech sa páčiSlovak
- prosim, zadovoljitiSlovene
- të lutem, ju lutemAlbanian
- snälla, vänligen, glädja, tillfredsställa, var så god, ställa till freds, ställa till frids, behaga, tilltala, tackSwedish
- தயவு செய்துTamil
- กรุณา, ช่วยThai
- zahmet olmazsa, lütfenTurkish
- прошу, будь ласкаUkrainian
- مہربانی, مہربانی فرماکے, پلیزUrdu
- [[thôi]] [[mà]], làm ơn, trời ơi, xinVietnamese
- plaire, s' i vs plaitWalloon
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