Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: plaisir, from Latin placere 'to please, be decided'


2 verb
please2 W3
1 [intransitive,transitive 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 [intransitive 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.

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.'

if you please

a) formal used to politely ask someone to do something:
Close the door, if you please.
b) British English 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!

bold/calm/cool etc as you please

British English spoken very bold, calm etc, in a way that is surprising:
He just walked in and sat down, as bold as you please.

please God

used to express a very strong hope or wish:
Everything will be all right, please God.

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