Meaning of “please” in the English Dictionary

"please" in English

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uk /pliːz/ us /pliːz/

A1 used to make a request more polite:

Could I have two coffees and a tea, please?
Please remember to close the windows before you leave.

used to add force to a request or demand:

Please, David, put the knife down.
Oh, please. Do shut up!

UK used especially by children to a teacher or other adult in order to get their attention:

Please, Miss, I know the answer!

A1 used when accepting something politely or enthusiastically:

"More potatoes?" "Please."
"May I bring my husband?" "Please do."
"Would you like dessert?" "Oh, yes please."

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uk /pliːz/ us /pliːz/

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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(Definition of “please” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"please" in American English

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us /pliz/

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)."

pleaseverb [ I/T ]

us /pliz/

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).

(Definition of “please” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Please take this very seriously, so that we can continue to receive guests in future and so that we can treat them as guests ought to be treated.
Please let us proceed thus.
Please do not get agitated.
Please could you take suitable action here.
Please try to measure your words.
Colleagues, please sit down and stop talking!
Please propose solutions that put an end to the problems of the operational programmes and funds, the excessive bureaucracy and the harmful consequences of trade agreements with third countries.
Please help to bring it about.
Please let us not forget, however, that people who have not had any schooling, even with the most wonderful infrastructure at their fingertips, will always be hopelessly behind.
Please carry on in this way.
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