1. give pleasure to or be pleasing to;
- Example: "These colors please the senses"
- Example: "a pleasing sensation"
[syn: please, delight]
2. be the will of or have the will (to);
- Example: "he could do many things if he pleased"
3. give satisfaction;
- Example: "The waiters around her aim to please"
1. used in polite request;
- Example: "please pay attention"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Please \Please\, v. i. 1. To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions. [1913 Webster] What pleasing scemed, for her now pleases more. --Milton. [1913 Webster] For we that live to please, must please to live. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent. [1913 Webster] Heavenly stranger, please to taste These bounties. --Milton. [1913 Webster] That he would please 8give me my liberty. --Swift. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Please \Please\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleased; p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasing.] [OE. plesen, OF. plaisir, fr. L. placere, akin to placare to reconcile. Cf. Complacent, Placable, Placid, Plea, Plead, Pleasure.] 1. To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy. [1913 Webster] I pray to God that it may plesen you. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] What next I bring shall please thee, be assured. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will. [1913 Webster] Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he. --Ps. cxxxv. 6. [1913 Webster] A man doing as he wills, and doing as he pleases, are the same things in common speech. --J. Edwards. [1913 Webster] 3. To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; -- used impersonally. "It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell." --Col. i. 19. [1913 Webster] To-morrow, may it please you. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To be pleased in or To be pleased with, to have complacency in; to take pleasure in. To be pleased to do a thing, to take pleasure in doing it; to have the will to do it; to think proper to do it. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
please adv 1: used in polite request; "please pay attention" v 1: give pleasure to or be pleasing to; "These colors please the senses"; "a pleasing sensation" [syn: please, 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"Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
67 Moby Thesaurus words for "please": 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 toThe Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
PLEASE, v. To lay the foundation for a superstructure of imposition.