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please verb (pleased, pleasing) 1 tr & intr to give satisfaction, pleasure or enjoyment; to be agreeable to someone. 2 (with it as subject) formal to be the inclination of someone or something if it should please you to join us. 3 tr & intr to choose; to like Do what you please Do as you please. adverb, exclamation used politely to accompany a request, order, acceptance of an offer, protest, a call for attention, etc. if you please 1 old use, as adverb please. 2 ironic of all things is engaged to a baronet, if you please. please oneself to do as one likes Please yourself, then.
ETYMOLOGY: 14c: from French plaisir to please.
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