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PLEASE, verb transitive s as z. [Latin placere, placeo.]

1. To excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to gratify; as, to please the taste; to please the mind.

Their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem, Hamor's son. Genesis 34:18.

Leave such to trifle with more grace than ease,

Whom folly pleases, and whose follies please

2. To satisfy; to content.

What next I bring shall please

Thy wish exactly to thy heart's desire.

3. To prefer; to have satisfaction in; to like; to choose.

Many of our most skilful painters were pleased or recommend this author to me.

To be pleased in or with, to approve; to have complacency in. Matthew 3:17.

To please God, is to love his character and law and perform his will, so as to become the object of his approbation.

They that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:8.

PLEASE, verb intransitive s as z. To like; to choose; to prefer.

Spirits, freed from mortal laws, with ease

Assume what sexes and what shapes they please

1. To condescend; to comply; to be pleased; a word of ceremony.

PLEASE you, lords,

In sight of both our battles we may meet.

The first words that I learnt were, to express my desire that he would please to give me my liberty.

PLEASE expresses less gratification than delight.