please

Definitions

  • "'Please do not shoot me!'"
    "'Please do not shoot me!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv please used in polite request "please pay attention"
    • v please give pleasure to or be pleasing to "These colors please the senses","a pleasing sensation"
    • v please give satisfaction "The waiters around her aim to please"
    • v please be the will of or have the will (to) "he could do many things if he pleased"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Don't Shoot, Please 019 Don't Shoot, Please 019
IF DOUGHTY DEEDS MY LADY PLEASE IF DOUGHTY DEEDS MY LADY PLEASE
The Man That Pleased None The Man That Pleased None
Please, Sirr, what time wull it be Please, Sirr, what time wull it be
"WON'T YOU PLEASE GIVE ME THE MONEY BACK?" "WON'T YOU PLEASE GIVE ME THE MONEY BACK?"
Spread Feather grew more and more pleased with himself Spread Feather grew more and more pleased with himself
Time gentlemen, please Time gentlemen, please
Please give these to your mother Please give these to your mother

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This may have been true on an older $5 bill, but I just scanned in one of the new ones and took a real close look and found nothing. If anyone finds it on an old one, please send in a pic or let me know.
    • Please To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions. "What pleasing scemed, for her now pleases more.""For we that live to please , must please to live."
    • Please To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; -- used impersonally. "It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.""To-morrow, may it please you."
    • Please To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy. "I pray to God that it may plesen you.""What next I bring shall please thee, be assured."
    • Please To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will. "Whatsoever the Lord pleased , that did he.""A man doing as he wills, and doing as he pleases , are the same things in common speech."
    • Please To have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent. "Heavenly stranger, please to taste
      These bounties."
      "That he would please 8give me my liberty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When Alexander Graham Bell Was working on the telephone in 1876, he spilled battery acid on his pants and called out to his assistant, "Watson, please come here. I want you." Watson, who was on another floor, heard the call through the instrument he was hooking up, and ran to Bell's room. Bell's words became the first ever successfully communicated using a telephone.
    • please To be agreeable to; suit; satisfy; seem good to: used impersonally, and followed by an object, originally dative, of the person: same as like, I. This impersonal construction with the indirect object of the person has given way in more familiar use to a personal construction, the original dative you, in if you please, for example, being now taken as the subject. (See II., 1.) The word in this sense was formerly common in polite request, may it please you, or if it please you, or, elliptically, please you: a mode of speech still common in addressing a judge or persons of rank or position : as, may it please the court; if it please your honor; please your worship; etc. Compare II., 1.
    • please To excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; impart satisfaction, gratification, pleasure, or delight to; gratify; content.
    • please To think fit or have the complaisance or kindness; condescend; be good enough; be so kind as: an expression of courtesy, often used ironically.
    • please Synonyms To rejoice, gladden, make glad.
    • please To like; choose; think fit: as, do as you please.
    • please To give pleasure; win approval.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Found on Bat Man The Animated Series Armor Set Halloween costume box: "PARENT: Please exercise caution, mask and chest plate are not protective; cape does not enable wearer to fly."
    • v.t Please plēz to give pleasure to: to delight: to satisfy
    • v.i Please 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 Please (Shak.) pleasure given:
    • v.t Please (arch.) to give pleasure to
    • n Please (B.) approbation
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Quotations

  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.”
  • Nikita Ivanovich Panin
    Nikita Ivanovich Panin
    “Two men please God -- who serves Him with all his heart because he knows Him; who seeks Him with all his heart because he knows Him not.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “For who is pleased with himself.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “Poets wish to profit or to please.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “The one who pleased everybody died before they were born.”

Idioms

Please revert - (India) Please respond to me if the solution provided is incorrect or insufficient.
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Pleased as punch - When someone is pleased as punch, they are very satisfied about something
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. plesen, OF. plaisir, fr. L. placere, akin to placare, to reconcile. Cf. Complacent Placable Placid Plea Plead Pleasure

Usage

In literature:

They accordingly requested to be taken into the house, and were much pleased with the arrangements made for their comfort.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
He who conducted me made me say what He pleased, and as long as He pleased.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Meanwhile, permit me now to please my own!
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Please have it got ready at once; and send some wine and biscuits, please.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
We shall be p-pleased to have you!
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
But such a thing wasna to be thought of; and he went awa' no' weel pleased.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
This dress would not please her nor that.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Please eliminate the word from your vocabulary.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
He was too like his sister to please her.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
I tell you what, Japhet, you may try your hand upon me as much as you please, for two-pence a go.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Please send enclosed letters to your mother and to Aunt Helen.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
Please, sir, don't take me away.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
Oh, please, please, don't forget that!
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Quick, quick, please, or it'll be too late!
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
Whosoever, besides, pleases Talfourd will please me.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Fix your visit for whenever you please.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Please go away; please do.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
You may found orphan asylums with it, or leave it to poor Sandbrook's children, just as you please.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
I want you to please yourself.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
She would have liked to impress, or please or, at worst, to displease him.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
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In poetry:

When sinners utter boasting words,
And glory in their shame;
The Lord, well-pleased, an ear affords
To those who fear his name.
"They Shall Be Mine, Saith The Lord" by John Newton
When God revealed his gracious name,
And changed my mournful state,
My rapture seemed a pleasing dream,
The grace appeared so great.
"Psalm 126" by Isaac Watts
Thy cries and tears may slighted seem,
And barr'd from present ease;
Yet blame thyself, but never dream
Thy Husband's ill to please.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
I see the flowers and spreading trees,
I hear the wild birds singing;
But what a weary wight can please,
And care his bosom wringing?
"Craigieburn Wood" by Robert Burns
Behold the potter and the clay,
He forms his vessels as he please:
Such is our God, and such are we,
The subjects of his high decrees.
"Hymn 117" by Isaac Watts
As the years come gliding by me,
Fancy's pleasing visions rise;
Beauty's cheek, ah! still I see thee,
Still your glances, soft blue eyes!
"Ehue! Fugaces, Posthume, Labuntur Anni" by Jones Very

In news:

Show up to a Thanksgiving meal with this side dish and you're sure to please.
Break Out the Bubblegum Cigars, It's A. I am pleased to announce that my husband, Brent, and I are expecting our first baby in June.
For more information or to book, please visit The Buccaneer , or call 800 255-3881.
If he could talk he'd tell you he's mighty bugged - flies, flies, please fly away.
If you own a Bumbo Baby Seat, please read this.
If you know someone with a baby, please pass this on.
Would you please help me in understanding NEC-2002 300.4(F).
Classic lakeside venue serves pleasing continental fare in an upscale cabin setting.
And please, invite a friend or two and forward this to every businessman in your address book.
Film It's Not That Good, but If I Use a Photo From It, Will You Please Read My Post.
When do people decide to say, "please stop".
"Please," said one overheated woman who was pointing to her forehead.
Bo Carter Please Warm My Weiner: Please Warm My Weiner.
(OTCBB:CSOC) - (The Company), is pleased to inform the public of some of its current project and software undertakings.
Shakespeare will please excuse me as I write.
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In science:

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In terms of the subspace P of the algebra, eq. (3.8) amounts to saying that any two Cartan subalgebras H0 , H′0 of the symmetric space are conjugate under a similarity transformation by K , and we can choose the Cartan subalgebra in any way we please.
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