from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give enjoyment, pleasure, or satisfaction to; make glad or contented.
- transitive v. To be the will or desire of: May it please the court to admit this firearm as evidence.
- intransitive v. To give satisfaction or pleasure; be agreeable: waiters who try hard to please.
- intransitive v. To have the will or desire; wish: Do as you please. Sit down, if you please.
- adv. If it is your desire or pleasure; if you please. Used in polite requests: Please stand back. Pay attention, please.
- adv. Yes. Used in polite affirmative replies to offers: May I help you? Please.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Used to make a polite request.
- adv. Used as an affirmative to an offer.
- adv. An expression of annoyance or impatience.
- v. To make happy or satisfy; to give pleasure.
- v. To desire; to will; to be pleased.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy.
- transitive v. To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will.
- transitive v. To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; -- used impersonally.
- intransitive v. To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions.
- intransitive v. To have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be agreeable to; suit; satisfy; seem good to: used impersonally, and followed by an object, originally dative, of the person: same as like, I.
- To excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; impart satisfaction, gratification, pleasure, or delight to; gratify; content.
- To think fit or have the complaisance or kindness; condescend; be good enough; be so kind as: an expression of courtesy, often used ironically.
- Synonyms To rejoice, gladden, make glad.
- To like; choose; think fit: as, do as you please.
- To give pleasure; win approval.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. used in polite request
- v. give satisfaction
- v. be the will of or have the will (to)
- v. give pleasure to or be pleasing to
Middle English plesen, from Old French plaisir; see pleasant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Short for if you please, an intransitive, ergative form taken from if it please you, which replaced pray. (Wiktionary)
Middle English plesen, plaisen, from Old French plaise, conjugated form of plaisir or plaire, from Latin placēre ("to please, to seem good"), from the Proto-Indo-European *plā-k- (“wide and flat”). Displaced native Middle English quemen, queamen ("to please") (from Old English cwēman ("to please")), Middle English biluvien ("to please, delight") (from Middle English bi-, be- + luvien ("to love")), Middle English liken ("to like, please") (from Old English līcian ("to please, be like")), Middle English lusten, listen ("to be pleasing, delight") (from Old English lystan ("to please")). (Wiktionary)