from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Giving pleasure or enjoyment; agreeable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Agreeable; giving pleasure, cheer, enjoyment or gratification.
  • n. Sense of satisfaction, as in the phrase "to my pleasing."
  • v. Present participle of please.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving pleasure or satisfaction; causing agreeable emotion; agreeable; delightful
  • n. An object of pleasure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Giving pleasure or satisfaction; agreeable to the senses or to the mind; gratifying: as, a pleasing prospect; a, pleasing reflection; pleasing manners.
  • Synonyms Agreeable, Congenial, etc. See pleasant.
  • n. Pleasure given or afforded; pleasurable or pleasure-giving quality; gratification; charm.
  • n. Satisfaction; approbation.
  • n. A matter of pleasure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. giving pleasure and satisfaction
  • n. the act of one who pleases


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  • He was more interested in pleasing all of the people and all of the corporate donors all the time, than in getting the job done.

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  • He only is the master who keeps the mind in pleasing captivity; whose pages are perused with eagerness, and in hope of new pleasure are perused again; and whose conclusion is perceived with an eye of sorrow, such as the traveller casts upon departing day.

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  • The administration is a strong proponent of these reforms, but the challenge lies in pleasing the CBO — which finds savings by following Potter Stewart rule life: “I know it when I see it.”

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  • Wherefore, seeing I am an old man and look not long to live, I mind not by the help of God to trouble my conscience in pleasing the king this way whatsoever become of me, but rather here to spend out the remnant of my old days in praying to God for him. posted by John at 2: 08 PM

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  • By the way, after 10 years, I have never been successful in pleasing my mother-in-law yet.

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