pleas, please

The words pleas, please sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do pleas, please sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: pleas, please are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of plea.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To give enjoyment, pleasure, or satisfaction to; make glad or contented.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To be the will or desire of: May it please the court to admit this firearm as evidence.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To give satisfaction or pleasure; be agreeable: waiters who try hard to please.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To have the will or desire; wish: Do as you please. Sit down, if you please.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").