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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 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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pleaseverb

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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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 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).
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