please - definition and synonyms


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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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