|Origin:||plaisir, from Latin placere 'to please, be decided'|
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.
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.'
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!
5 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.
used to express a very strong hope or wish:
Everything will be all right, please God.