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.
Pleas·ing, a. Giving pleasure or satisfaction; causing agreeable emotion; agreeable; delightful; as, a pleasing prospect; pleasing manners. “Pleasing harmony.” --Shak. “Pleasing features.” --Macaulay. -- Pleas*ing*ly, adv. -- Pleas*ing*ness, n.
Syn: -- Gratifying; delightful; agreeable. See Pleasant.
Pleas·ing, n. An object of pleasure. [Obs.]
adj 1: giving pleasure and satisfaction; "a pleasing piece of
news"; "pleasing in manner and appearance" [ant: displeasing]
2: aesthetically pleasing; "an artistic flower arrangement"
[syn: aesthetic, esthetic, artistic]
3: giving pleasure or satisfaction [syn: appreciated, gratifying,
4: able to please or win approval
n : the act of one who pleases