please1 W2S1 [pli:z] interjection
1.) used to be polite when asking someone to do something
Could you please clean up the living room?
Sit down, please.
Please be quiet!
2.) used to be polite when asking for something
I'd like a cup of coffee, please.
Please can I go to Rebecca's house?
3.) said in order to politely accept something that someone offers you
'More wine?' 'Yes, please.'
4.) Please! informal
a) said when you think what someone has just said or asked is not possible or reasonable
Oh, please, he'd never do that.
b) used to ask someone to stop behaving badly
Alison! Please!
5.) please Sir/Mrs Towers etc
BrE spoken used by children to get an adult's attention
please 2
please2 W3 v
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: plaisir, from Latin placere 'to please, be decided']
1.) [I,T not in progressive]
to make someone happy or satisfied
a business that wants to please its customers
She did everything she could to please him.
Most children are eager to please .
be hard/easy/impossible etc to please
She's hard to please. Everything has to be perfect.
2.) [I not in progressive]
used in some phrases to show that someone can do or have what they want
She does what she pleases .
however/whatever etc you please
You can spend the money however you please.
With the Explorer pass, you can get on and off the bus as you please .
3.) please yourself
spoken used when telling someone to do whatever they like, even though really you think they are making the wrong choice
'I don't think I'll go.' 'Okay, please yourself.'
4.) if you please
a) formal used to politely ask someone to do something
Close the door, if you please.
b) BrE used to show that you are surprised, angry, or annoyed about something
He asked me, in my own house if you please, to leave the room!
5.) bold/calm/cool etc as you please
BrE spoken very ↑bold, calm etc, in a way that is surprising
He just walked in and sat down, as bold as you please.
6.) please God
used to express a very strong hope or wish
Everything will be all right, please God.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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