AskDefine | Define please

Dictionary Definition

please adv : used in polite request; "please pay attention"


1 give pleasure to or be pleasing to; "These colors please the senses"; "a pleasing sensation" [syn: delight] [ant: displease]
2 be the will of or have the will (to); "he could do many things if he pleased"
3 give satisfaction; "The waiters around her aim to please"

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Etymology 1

plese < plaisir < placēre ('to please', 'to seem good').


  1. To make happy or satisfy; to give pleasure.
    Her presentation pleased the executives.
  2. To desire; to will.
    Just do as you please.
to make happy or satisfy


  1. An interjection to make commands more polite. It is short for "if you please".
    Please, pass the bread.
    Would you please sign this form?
    Could you tell me the time, please?
  2. An expression of annoyance or impatience, often rendered "puh-lease" for the exaggerated way it is often pronounced.
interjection to make commands more polite
expression of annoyance or impatience


  1. In the context of "Cincinnati, OH, US": Said as a request to repeat information; excuse me.


Extensive Definition

Please may refer to:


please in Italian: Please

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

I beg you, amuse, be good enough, cater to, cheer, choose, choose rather, coddle, content, cosset, delectate, delight, desire, divert, do, elect, entertain, favor, give pleasure, give way to, gladden, go over big, gratify, happify, have a bias, have preference, have rather, have the goodness, hit the spot, honor before, humor, if you please, indulge, interest, lean towards, like, like better, make a hit, mollycoddle, oblige, opt, overjoy, pamper, pleasure, pray, pray do, prefer, prefer to, prithee, rather, regale, rejoice, satisfy, see fit, set before, spoil, suit, think best, think fit, think proper, tickle, titillate, want, will, will you, wish, yield to
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