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noun \ˈēz\

Simple Definition of ease

  • : freedom from pain or trouble : comfort of body or mind

  • : lack of difficulty

  • : a relaxed and informal way of behaving

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ease

  1. 1 :  the state of being comfortable: as a :  freedom from pain or discomfort b :  freedom from care c :  freedom from labor or difficulty d :  freedom from embarrassment or constraint :  naturalness <known for his charm and ease of manner> e :  an easy fit

  2. 2 :  relief from discomfort or obligation

  3. 3 :  facility, effortlessness <did it with ease>

  4. 4 :  an act of easing or a state of being eased

easeful play \-fəl\ adjective
easefully play \-fə-lē\ adverb
at ease
  1. 1 :  free from pain or discomfort

  2. 2 a :  free from restraint or formality <feels most at ease with old friends> b :  standing silently (as in a military formation) with the feet apart, the right foot in place, and one or both hands behind the body —often used as a command

Examples of ease in a sentence

  1. <the sunburn medication brought me instant ease>

  2. <a gymnast who can handle even the most demanding moves on the parallel bars with total ease>

Origin of ease

Middle English ese, from Anglo-French eise, aise convenience, comfort, ultimately from Latin adjacent-, adjacens neighboring — more at adjacent

First Known Use: 13th century




Simple Definition of ease

  • : to free (someone or something) from trouble or worry

  • : to make (something) less painful

  • : to make (tension, a problem, etc.) less severe or troubling

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ease


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens <trying to ease her of her worries>

  3. 2 :  to make less painful :  alleviate <ease his suffering>

  4. 3 a :  to lessen the pressure or tension of especially by slackening, lifting, or shifting <ease a spring> b :  to maneuver gently or carefully <eased himself into the chair> c :  to moderate or reduce especially in amount or intensity <ease a flow>

  5. 4 :  to make less difficult <ease credit>

  6. 5 a :  to put the helm of (a ship) alee b :  to let (a helm or rudder) come back a little after having been put hard over

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to give freedom or relief

  9. 2 :  to move or pass slowly or easily —often used with a directional word (as over or up) <the limo eased up in front of the house>

  10. 3 a :  to become less intense, vigorous, or engaged :  become moderate —usually used with up or off <told her staff to ease up a little> <expected the storm to ease off> <ease up on fatty foods> b :  to apply less pressure —usually used with up or off <ease up on the accelerator> c :  to act in a less harsh manner —usually used with up or off <decided to ease off on enforcement>

Examples of ease in a sentence

  1. trying to ease my troubled mind

  2. The diplomats failed to ease tensions between the two nations.

  3. Authorities are looking for ways to ease prison overcrowding.

  4. The government is expected to ease travel restrictions.

14th Century

First Known Use of ease

14th century

EASE Defined for Kids



noun \ˈēz\

Definition of ease for Students

  1. 1 :  freedom from pain or trouble :  comfort of body or mind <a life of ease>

  2. 2 :  lack of difficulty <… a thief might get in with perfect ease … — Washington Irving, “Sleepy Hollow”>

  3. 3 :  freedom from any feeling of difficulty or embarrassment <She spoke with ease.>




Definition of ease for Students


  1. 1 :  to free from discomfort or worry :  relieve <This medicine will ease the pain.>

  2. 2 :  to make less tight :  loosen <She eased up on the rope.>

  3. 3 :  to move very carefully <He eased himself into the driver's seat.>

Medical Dictionary


verb \ˈēz\

Medical Definition of ease

eased; easing

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens <eased and comforted the sick>

  4. 2:  to take away or lessen :  alleviate <took an aspirin to ease the pain>

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to give freedom or relief (as from pain or discomfort) <a hot bath often eases and relaxes>

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