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please

verb uk   /pliːz/ us  
B1 [I or T] to make someone feel happy or satisfied, or to give someone pleasure: I only got married to please my parents. He was always a good boy, very friendly and eager to please. [+ obj + to infinitive ] It always pleases me to see a well-designed book! C2 [I] to want, like, or choose, when used with words such as 'whatever', 'whoever' and 'anywhere': She thinks she can just do whatever/as she pleases. I shall go out with whoever I please. if you please formal used to express surprise and anger: They want £200, if you please, just to replace a couple of broken windows! old-fashioned or formal used to make a request more polite: Take your seats, ladies and gentlemen, if you please.
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