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English definition of “please”

please

exclamation     /pliːz/
A1 used to make a request more polite: Could I have two cups of coffee and a tea, please? Please remember to close the windows before you leave.Polite expressions used to add force to a request or demand: Please, David, put the knife down. Oh, please. Do shut up!Making appeals and requests UK used especially by children to a teacher or other adult in order to get their attention: Please, Miss, I know the answer!Polite expressions A1 used when accepting something politely or enthusiastically: "More potatoes?" "Please." "May I bring my husband?" "Please do."mainly UK "Oh, yes please," shouted the children.Words and phrases expressing agreement and acceptance Grammar:Please and thank youPlease and thank you are usually associated with politeness. We use them a lot in English.See moreGrammar:PleaseWe use please to make a request more polite:See moreGrammar:Thank you and thanksWe use expressions with thank you and thanks to respond to something politely and to show we are grateful for something. Thanks is more informal than thank you. We often add other words to make the response stronger:See more
(Definition of please exclamation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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