• IPA: /dɪsˈpliːz/

displease (displeases, present participle displeasing; past and past participle displeased)

  1. (transitive) To make not pleased; to cause a feeling of disapprobation or dislike in; to be disagreeable to; to vex slightly.
    The boy's rudeness displeased me.
    I felt displeased with the boy.
    • 1662, Thomas Cranmer [et al.], compilers, “The Psalms, Sixteenth Day, Evening Prayer ↗”, in The Book of Common-Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, […], London: Printed by John Bill, and Christopher Barker, […], OCLC 1053343847 ↗, column 1, psalm 85, line 5:
      Wilt thou be displeased at us forever: and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?
  2. (intransitive) To give displeasure or offense.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To fail to satisfy; to miss of.
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