1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, usu ADJ prep/that/to-inf If you are pleased, you are happy about something or satisfied with something.

Felicity seemed pleased at the suggestion...

I think he's going to be pleased that we identified the real problems...

They're pleased to be going home...

He glanced at her with a pleased smile.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ to-inf (politeness) If you say you will be pleased to do something, you are saying in a polite way that you are willing to do it.

We will be pleased to answer any questions you may have...

I shall be very pleased to help you in every way I can.

happy, willing
3) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ prep/that/to-inf (feelings) You can tell someone that you are pleased with something they have done in order to express your approval.

I'm pleased with the way things have been going...

I am very pleased about the result...

We are pleased that the problems have been resolved...

We were very pleased to hear this encouraging news.

4) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ prep/that/to-inf (feelings) If someone is not too pleased or is none too pleased, they are annoyed about something or do not think something is acceptable.

I was not too pleased with the record you sent me...

He's not too pleased that I don't seem to be doing my bit...

Marianne was none too pleased to find Simon seated beside her.

5) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ to-inf When you are about to give someone some news which you know will please them, you can say that you are pleased to tell them the news or that they will be pleased to hear it.

I'm pleased to say that he is now doing well...

You'll be very pleased to know that we offered help immediately.

6) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ to-inf (politeness) In official letters, people often say they will be pleased to do something, as a polite way of introducing what they are going to do or inviting people to do something.

We will be pleased to delete the charge from the original invoice...

We are always pleased to hear from our customers.

7) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR with cl If someone seems very satisfied with something they have done, you can say that they are pleased with themselves, especially if you think they are more satisfied than they should be.

`I dare say Sophie was glad to see you,' he said, pleased with himself again for having remembered her name...

He had reason to be pleased with himself, since he was one of only seven out of forty candidates who were successful.

8) CONVENTION (formulae) You can say `Pleased to meet you' as a polite way of greeting someone who you are meeting for the first time.

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  • pleased — [ plizd ] adjective ** happy and satisfied: pleased with: It took a long time to complete the work, but I m very pleased with the results. I m really pleased with how you guys performed. pleased about: I m really pleased about your new job. be… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Pleased — Pleased, a. Experiencing pleasure. {Pleas ed*ly}, adv. {Pleas ed*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pleased — ► ADJECTIVE 1) feeling or showing pleasure and satisfaction. 2) (pleased to do) willing or glad to do …   English terms dictionary

  • pleased — index complacent, inclined, proud (self respecting) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pleased */*/ — UK [pliːzd] / US [plɪzd] adjective happy and satisfied pleased with: It took a long time to complete the work, but I m very pleased with the results. pleased with: Are you pleased with the way things went yesterday? pleased about: I m really… …   English dictionary

  • pleased — adjective 1 especially BrE happy or satisfied: I was so pleased when they said they d be able to stay another week. (+ about): Are you pleased about the results? | pleased (with): Di seems pleased with her new car. | pleased (that): I m pleased… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pleased — adj. 1) greatly, highly pleased 2) pleased about, at, by, with 3) pleased to + inf. (we are pleased to be here; I am pleased to meet you) 4) pleased that + clause (she was pleased that the proposal had been accepted) * * * [pliːzd] at by highly… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pleased — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very …   Collocations dictionary

  • Pleased — Please 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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