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interjection please pronunciation in British English /pliːz/
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  1. 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?
    Could I have change for a pound, please?
    Can you tell me how much this costs, please?
  2. 2
    used for emphasizing a request, an order, or a statement
    Please stop making all that noise!
    ‘Do you mind if we come in?’ ‘Please do.’
    Please note that there will be no class next Thursday.
  3. 3
    used as a polite way of accepting something that someone has offered you
    yes, please: ‘Would you like some more coffee?’ ‘Yes, please.’
  4. 4
    used for saying that you think someone has said something silly
    ‘Why don’t you join a gym?’ ‘At my age? Oh, please!’

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