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please*/*/*/
[pliːz] interjection I
1) used as a polite way of asking for something, or of asking someone to do something
Would you help me with these bags, please?[/ex]
Could I have change for a pound, please?[/ex]
2) used for emphasizing a request, an order, or a statement
Please stop making all that noise![/ex]
3) used as a polite way of accepting something that someone has offered you
‘Would you like some more coffee?' ‘ Yes, please.'[/ex]
II
verb [I/T]
please */[pliːz]
to make someone feel happy and satisfied
He'll do anything to please her.[/ex]
Some of our customers can be very difficult to please.[/ex]
please yourself — used for telling someone that you do not care whether they do a particular thing or not[/ex]
'I can't finish my dinner.' 'Please yourself, but don't complain to me when you're hungry later on.'[/ex]
whatever/wherever/whenever etc sb pleases — whatever/wherever/whenever etc someone wants[/ex]
You can go whenever you please.[/ex]

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