To be pleased inor with, to have complacency in; to take pleasure in.To be pleased to do a thing, to take pleasure in doing it; to have the will to do it; to think proper to do it. Dryden.

(Please) v. i.

1. To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions.

What pleasing scemed, for her now pleases more.

For we that live to please, must please to live.

Pleasant refers rather to the state or condition; pleasing, to the act or effect. Where they are applied to the same object, pleasing is more energetic than pleasant; as, she is always pleasant and always pleasing. The distinction, however, is not radical and not rightly observed.

(Pleas"ant), n. A wit; a humorist; a buffoon. [Obs.]

(Pleas"ant*ly), adv. In a pleasant manner.

(Pleas"ant*ness), n. The state or quality of being pleasant.

(Pleas"ant*ry) n.; pl. Pleasantries [F. plaisanterie. See Pleasant.] That which denotes or promotes pleasure or good humor; cheerfulness; gayety; merriment; especially, an agreeable playfulness in conversation; a jocose or humorous remark; badinage.

The grave abound in pleasantries, the dull in repartees and points of wit.

The keen observation and ironical pleasantry of a finished man of the world.

(Pleas"ant-tongued`) a. Of pleasing speech.

(Please) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleased; p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasing.] [OE. plesen, OF. plaisir, fr. L. placere, akin to placare to reconcile. Cf. Complacent, Placable, Placid, Plea, Plead, Pleasure.]

1. To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy.

I pray to God that it may plesen you.

What next I bring shall please thee, be assured.

2. To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will.

Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he.
Ps. cxxxv. 6.

A man doing as he wills, and doing as he pleases, are the same things in common speech.
J. Edwards.

3. To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; — used impersonally. "It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell." Col. i. 19.

To-morrow, may it please you.

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