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v. pleased, pleas·ing, pleas·es
1. To give enjoyment, pleasure, or satisfaction to; make glad or contented.
2. To be the will or desire of: May it please the court to admit this firearm as evidence.
1. To give satisfaction or pleasure; be agreeable: waiters who try hard to please.
2. To have the will or desire; wish: Do as you please. Sit down, if you please.
1. If it is your desire or pleasure; if you please. Used in polite requests: Please stand back. Pay attention, please.
2. Yes. Used in polite affirmative replies to offers: May I help you? Please.

[Middle English plesen, from Old French plaisir; see pleasant.]

pleas′er n.
Synonyms: please, delight, gladden, gratify
These verbs mean to give pleasure to: was pleased by their success; a gift that would delight any child; praise that gladdens the spirit; progress that gratified all concerned.
Antonym: displease
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pleaser - a pleasing entertainer; "he is quite the crowd pleaser"
entertainer - a person who tries to please or amuse
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