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Related to plācō (I appease, I placate).



placeō (present infinitive placēre, perfect active placuī or placitus sum, supine placitum); second conjugation, optionally semi-deponent, no imperative

  1. (with dative) I am pleasing or agreeable to; I please; I am welcome or acceptable; I satisfy (in a mental rather than a sensual way)
    sibi placereto be pleased with oneself
    Videamus, si placet.Let us see, if she pleases.
    Ubi fabulae sunt cognitae, placitae sunt.Where stories are known, they are enjoyed.
    Placet mihi.It pleases me.
    Placet tibi.It pleases you.
    Si dis placet.If it pleases the gods.
    placens uxora pleasing wife
    hostia placens Deoa sacrifice pleasing to God

Usage notes[edit]

Designates pleasure in something recognised as right, while libet in something desired.

Contrasts with delectō (I am pleasurable), which adds the connotation of sensual pleasure.


   Conjugation of placeō (second conjugation, optionally semi-deponent, no imperatives)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present placeō placēs placet placēmus placētis placent
imperfect placēbam placēbās placēbat placēbāmus placēbātis placēbant
future placēbō placēbis placēbit placēbimus placēbitis placēbunt
perfect placuī, placitus sum placuistī, placitus es placuit, placitus est placuimus, placitī sumus placuistis, placitī estis placuērunt, placuēre, placitī sunt
pluperfect placueram, placitus eram placuerās, placitus erās placuerat, placitus erat placuerāmus, placitī erāmus placuerātis, placitī erātis placuerant, placitī erant
future perfect placuerō, placitus erō placueris, placitus eris placuerit, placitus erit placuerimus, placitī erimus placueritis, placitī eritis placuerint, placitī erint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present placeam placeās placeat placeāmus placeātis placeant
imperfect placērem placērēs placēret placērēmus placērētis placērent
perfect placuerim, placitus sim placuerīs, placitus sīs placuerit, placitus sit placuerīmus, placitī sīmus placuerītis, placitī sītis placuerint, placitī sint
pluperfect placuissem, placitus essem placuissēs, placitus essēs placuisset, placitus esset placuissēmus, placitī essēmus placuissētis, placitī essētis placuissent, placitī essent
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives placēre placitum esse placitūrum esse
participles placēns placitus placitūrus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
placendī placendō placendum placendō placitum placitū

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  • placeo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • placeo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • placeo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • what is your opinion: quid de ea re fieri placet?
    • (ambiguous) to be in a bad temper: sibi displicere (opp. sibi placere)



  • IPA(key): (Spain) /plaˈθeo/, [plaˈθe.o]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /plaˈseo/, [plaˈse.o]



  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of placear.