ease


ease

verb

Definition of EASE

1
to free from obstruction or difficulty <measures intended to ease the flow of traffic during rush hour>
Phrases pave the way (for)
Antonyms complicate
2
to make less taut <the rock climber eased the rope a little so that his fellow climber had room to maneuver>
Synonyms ease, loosen, relax, slack
Related Words detach, free, unbind, undo, unfasten, untie
Near Antonyms attach, bind, fasten, tie; constrain, restrain
3
to make more bearable or less severe <grandmother's firm belief that there are few ailments that chicken soup won't ease>
5
to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually <new investments in the region have eased since the rise in interest rates>
Related Words compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflate

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