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adjective British English pronunciation: pleasant /ˈplez(ə)nt/
  1. 1
    enjoyable or attractive in a way that makes you feel pleased and satisfied

    Well, this is a pleasant surprise!

    Seville is a very pleasant place to work.

    They spent a pleasant evening together.

  2. 2
    a pleasant person is friendly and behaves correctly in social situations

    Her husband seemed a very pleasant man.

    Charlotte is pleasant enough but not very reliable.

    1. a.
      used about people's behaviour

      a pleasant smile

      She has a pleasant, cheerful manner.

    2. b.
      used about places and situations

      The restaurant had a pleasant friendly atmosphere.

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 British English pronunciation: pleasantly  adverb

'Goodnight then,' she said pleasantly.

I was pleasantly surprised by the results of the survey.

The hotel is pleasantly decorated throughout.

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