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"please" in British English

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pleaseexclamation

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 ​addforce 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 ​theirattention: 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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pleaseverb

uk   /pliːz/  us   /pliːz/
B1 [I or T] to make someone ​feelhappy 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 tosee 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 ​expresssurprise and ​anger: They ​want £200, if you please, just to ​replace a ​couple of ​brokenwindows!
old-fashioned or formal used to make a ​request more ​polite: Take ​yourseats, ​ladies and ​gentlemen, if you please.

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  • It would please Granny no end if you ​wrote to her ​occasionally.
  • I'll give you a ​key then you're ​free to come and go as you please.
  • He's a hard man to please.
  • I don't ​care about ​fashion - I ​dress how I please.
  • My ​niece is ​impossible when she's ​tired - you can't do anything to please her.
(Definition of please from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"please" in American English

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pleaseexclamation

 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 ​yourpersonalbelongings when you ​leave the ​train. Please do as I say and don’t ​askquestions. "Would you like some more ​salad?" "Please (= yes, I would)."

pleaseverb [I/T]

 us   /pliz/
  • please verb [I/T] (MAKE HAPPY)

to make someone ​feelhappy 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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