Please v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleased; p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasing.]
1. To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy.
I pray to God that it may plesen you. --Chaucer.
What next I bring shall please thee, be assured. --Milton.
2. To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will.
Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he. --Ps. cxxxv. 6.
A man doing as he wills, and doing as he pleases, are the same things in common speech. --J. Edwards.
3. To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; -- used impersonally. “It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.”
To-morrow, may it please you. --Shak.
To be pleased in or To be pleased with, to have complacency in; to take pleasure in.
To be pleased to do a thing, to take pleasure in doing it; to have the will to do it; to think proper to do it.
Please v. i.
1. To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions.
What pleasing scemed, for her now pleases more. --Milton.
For we that live to please, must please to live. --Johnson.
2. To have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent.
Heavenly stranger, please to taste
These bounties. --Milton.
That he would please 8give me my liberty. --Swift.
adv : used in polite request; "please pay attention"
v 1: give pleasure to or be pleasing to; "These colors please the
senses"; "a pleasing sensation" [syn: delight] [ant: displease]
2: be the will of or have the will (to); "he could do many
things if he pleased"
3: give satisfaction; "The waiters around her aim to please"