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American English: /pliz/
British English: /pliːz/

Translation of please in Spanish:


  • please sit down
    (por favor) siéntese
    pass the salt, please
    pásame la sal, por favor
    ¿me pasas la sal?
    would you like another one? — yes, please
    ¿quieres otro? — sí, gracias
    may I read it? — please do!
    ¿puedo leerlo? — ¡sí, cómo no! or ¡no faltaba más!
    say please
    ¿qué se dice?
    las cosas se piden por favor
    don't tell her, please
    no se lo digas, (te lo pido) por favor
    stop it, please!
    ¡para ya, por Dios!

transitive verb

  • 1 (make happy)
    (satisfy) contentar
    we always try to please the customer
    siempre tratamos de complacer al cliente
    her progress pleased her parents
    sus padres estaban contentos con los progresos que hacía
    you're very hard to please
    eres muy difícil de contentar or de complacer
    she's easily pleased or easy to please
    se contenta con poco or con cualquier cosa
    you can't please everyone
    no se puede tener contento or complacer or contentar a todo el mundo
    Example sentences
    • He said it pleased him, and he was flattered not offended…
    • When they told me where they lived I had no idea where Downpatrick was, and it pleased me that now I had a passing acquaintance with the place.
    • It pleased me somehow to be weathered by this deadly wind on my face and to be exposed to a gorgeous icy glare on this sunny afternoon.
  • 2 (suit) may it please Your Honor … [formal]
    tendría a bien Su Señoría … [formal]

intransitive verb

  • 1 (satisfy) we do our best to please
    hacemos todo lo posible por complacer al cliente ( or a todo el mundo etc. )
    he's eager to please
    busca la aprobación de los demás
  • 2 (choose) don't dress up, just come as you please
    no hace falta que te pongas elegante, ven como quieras or como te parezca
    do exactly as you please
    haz lo que te parezca
    haz lo que te dé la gana [colloquial]
    just as you please
    como quieras
    I'll have no arguing, if you please
    haga el favor de no discutir
    and then, if you please, she turns up with three friends
    y luego ¿qué crees tú? va y se presenta con tres amigos
    Example sentences
    • People in life quote as they please, so we have the right to quote as we please.
    • Users of such indices can pick and choose as they please in this evolving garden of relationships.
    • But shoppers can't come and go as they please, nor can they always choose the food they want.

reflexive verb

  • to please oneselfplease yourself
    haz lo que te parezca
    haz lo que te dé la gana [colloquial]
    now we can please ourselves
    ahora sí podemos hacer lo que nos parezca
    ahora sí podemos hacer lo que nos dé la gana [colloquial]
    she can please herself whether she comes or not
    (que haga lo que quiera:) si no quiere venir, que no venga


  • without so much as a please or thankyou
    sin pedir por favor ni dar las gracias
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