please

To please someone is to give them pleasure or to make them happy. This is also a word for polite requests like, "Could you please pass the milk?"

Have you ever been asked "What's the magic word"? It's please, a small word that makes any request more polite. Saying please is sure to please just about everyone, although different things please different people. Turning in your homework on time will please your teachers, while a good belly rub and some extra treats will please your dog.

Definitions of please
1

v give pleasure to or be pleasing to

“These colors please the senses”
“a pleasing sensation”
Synonyms:
delight
Antonyms:
displease
give displeasure to
Types:
endear
make attractive or lovable
delight, enchant, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, ravish, transport
hold spellbound
Type of:
gratify, satisfy
make happy or satisfied

v give satisfaction

“The waiters around her aim to please
Synonyms:
delight
give pleasure to or be pleasing to
Type of:
gratify, satisfy
make happy or satisfied

v be the will of or have the will (to)

“he could do many things if he pleased
Type of:
care, like, wish
prefer or wish to do something

adv used in polite request

please pay attention”

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