please

[pleez] /pliz/
adverb
1.
(used as a polite addition to requests, commands, etc.) if you would be so obliging; kindly:
"Please come here. Will you please turn the radio off?"
verb (used with object), pleased, pleasing.
2.
to act to the pleasure or satisfaction of:
"to please the public."
3.
to be the pleasure or will of:
"May it please your Majesty."
verb (used without object), pleased, pleasing.
4.
to like, wish, or feel inclined:
"Go where you please."
5.
to give pleasure or satisfaction; be agreeable:
"manners that please."
Idioms
6.
if you please,
  1. if it be your pleasure; if you like or prefer.
  2. (used as an exclamation expressing astonishment, indignation, etc.):
    The missing letter was in his pocket, if you please!
Origin
1275–1325; (v.) Middle English plesen, plaisen < Middle French plaisirLatin placēre to please, seem good (see placid); the use of please with requests, etc., is presumably a reduction of the clause (it) please you may it please you, later reinforced by imperative use of intransitive please to be pleased, wish
Related forms
pleasable, adjective
pleasedly
[plee-zid-lee, pleezd-] /ˈpli zɪd li, ˈplizd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
pleasedness, noun
pleaser, noun
half-pleased, adjective
outplease, verb (used with object), outpleased, outpleasing.
overplease, verb, overpleased, overpleasing.
self-pleased, adjective
self-pleaser, noun
unpleasable, adjective
unpleased, adjective
well-pleased, adjective
Can be confused
pleas, please.
Synonyms
4. choose, desire, prefer.
British Dictionary definitions for self pleased
please (pliːz)
 
vb
1.  to give satisfaction, pleasure, or contentment to (a person); make or cause (a person) to be glad
2.  to be the will of or have the will (to): if it pleases you; the court pleases
3.  if you please if you will or wish, sometimes used in ironic exclamation
4.  pleased with happy because of
5.  please oneself to do as one likes
 
adv
6.  (sentence modifier) used in making polite requests and in pleading, asking for a favour, etc: please don't tell the police where I am
7.  yes please a polite formula for accepting an offer, invitation, etc
 
[C14 plese, from Old French plaisir, from Latin placēre to please, satisfy]
 
'pleasable
 
adj
 
pleased
 
adj
 
pleasedly
 
adv
 
'pleaser
 
n

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Word Origin and History for self pleased
please
early 14c., "to be agreeable," from O.Fr. plaisir (Fr. plaire) "to please," from L. placere "to be acceptable, be liked, be approved," related to placare "to soothe, quiet," from PIE base *p(e)lag- "to smooth, make even" (cf. Gk. plax, gen. plakos "level surface," plakoeis "flat;" Lett. plakt "to become flat;" O.N. flaga "layer of earth;" Norw. flag "open sea;" O.E. floh "piece of stone, fragment;" O.H.G. fluoh "cliff"). Intransitive sense (e.g. do as you please) first recorded c.1500; imperative use (e.g. please do this), first recorded 1620s, was probably a shortening of if it please (you) (late 14c.). Verbs for "please" supply the stereotype polite word ("Please come in," short for may it please you to ...) in many languages (Fr., It.), "But more widespread is the use of the first singular of a verb for 'ask, request' " [Buck, who cites Ger. bitte, Pol. prasze, etc.] Sp. favor is short for hace el favor "do the favor." Danish has in this sense vær saa god, lit. "be so good."
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