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please

exclamation  /pliz/ us  

please exclamation (POLITE REQUEST)

commonly used in order to make a request more polite, or, sometimes, to make it stronger or urgent: Could I please have some ketchup for my hamburger? Please be sure to take all your personal belongings when you leave the train. Please do as I say and don’t ask questions. "Would you like some more salad?" "Please (= yes, I would)."

please

verb [I/T]  /pliz/ us  

please verb [I/T] (MAKE HAPPY)

to make someone feel happy or satisfied, or to give someone pleasure: [I/T] He did what he could to please her, but she was hard to please. [T] I’m pleased to report that sales have increased by 15%. [I] She’ll listen to what you say, but in the end she’ll do as/what she pleases (= what she wants to do).
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