please1 [ pliz ] interjection ***
1. ) used as a polite way of asking for something or of asking someone to do something:
Would you help me, please?
Could I please have change for a dollar?
Would you please tell me how much this costs?
2. ) used for emphasizing a request, an order, or a statement:
Please stop making all that noise!
Do you mind if we come in? Please do.
Please note that there will be no class next Thursday.
a ) used for asking someone to stop doing something annoying:
Billy, please! I'm warning you!
3. ) used as a polite way of accepting something that someone has offered you:
yes, please: Would you like more coffee? Yes, please.
4. ) used for saying that you think someone has said something silly:
Why don't you join a gym? At my age? Oh, please!
please 2 [ pliz ] verb intransitive or transitive ***
to make someone feel happy and satisfied:
He'll do anything to please her.
It pleased her teachers to see her making progress.
As a child, she'd always been anxious to please.
hard/difficult to please: Some of our customers can be very difficult to please.
as you please
whatever you like, or in whatever way you prefer:
We're very informal here, so you can dress as you please.
if you please VERY FORMAL
used for emphasizing a request:
Come right through here, if you please.
please God
used for expressing a strong wish or hope:
Let her be alive, please God.
please yourself
used for telling someone that you do not care whether they do a particular thing or not:
I can't finish this meal. Please yourself, but don't complain to me when you're hungry later on.
whatever/wherever/whenever etc. someone pleases
whatever/wherever/whenever etc. someone wants:
You can go whenever you please.
you can't please everyone
used for saying that whatever you do, some people will not like it

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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