used in polite requests or questions:please address letters to the Editor what type of fish is this, please? used to add urgency and emotion to a request:please, please come home! used to agree politely to a request:‘May I ring you at home?’ ‘Please do.’ used in polite or emphatic acceptance of an offer:‘Would you like a drink?’ ‘Yes, please.’ used to ask someone to stop doing something of which the speaker disapproves:Rita, please—people are looking used to express incredulity or irritation:Oh please, is that meant to be a serious argument? 1cause to feel happy and satisfied:he arranged a fishing trip to please his son [with object and infinitive]:it pleased him to be seen with someone in the news [no object] give satisfaction:she was quiet and eager to please satisfy aesthetically: he was wearing a buttonhole that did not quite please the eye
) take only one’s own wishes into consideration in deciding how to act or proceed:this is the first time in ages that I can just please myself
[no object] wish or desire to do something:feel free to wander around as you please
, etc., someone to do something
) dated it is someone’s choice to do something:instead of attending the meeting, it pleased him to go off hunting
1used in polite requests:follow me, if you please 2used to express indignation at something perceived as unreasonable:she wants me to make fifty cakes in time for the festival, if you please!