\ ˈēz How to pronounce ease (audio) \

Definition of ease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the state of being comfortable: such 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 : relief from discomfort or obligation
3 : facility, effortlessness did it with ease
4 : an act of easing or a state of being eased
at ease
1 : free from pain or discomfort
2a : 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


eased; easing

Definition of ease (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens trying to ease her of her worries
2 : to make less painful : alleviate ease his suffering
3a : 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
4 : to make less difficult ease credit
5a : 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

intransitive verb

1 : to give freedom or relief
2 : to move or pass slowly or easily often used with a directional word (such as over or up) the limo eased up in front of the house
3a : to become less intense, vigorous, or engaged : become moderate usually used with up or off told her staff to ease up a littleexpected the storm to ease offease 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

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Other Words from ease


easeful \ ˈēz-​fəl How to pronounce ease (audio) \ adjective
easefully \ ˈēz-​fə-​lē How to pronounce ease (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for ease

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of ease in a Sentence

Noun the sunburn medication brought me instant ease a gymnast who can handle even the most demanding moves on the parallel bars with total ease Verb trying to ease my troubled mind The diplomats failed to ease tensions between the two nations. Authorities are looking for ways to ease prison overcrowding. The government is expected to ease travel restrictions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So, then all of those sibling dynamics that are so frustrating and fraught can come out with such ease, because no one is judging you. Risa Sarachan, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The rules have been extended until at least June 21, but Mexican authorities have allowed most US citizens to walk or drive south across the border with relative ease. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 The virtualization of work has resulted in global capabilities that can be accessed with greater ease. Mark Foster, Fortune, 26 May 2021 In the first few months of the vaccine rollout, residents of affluent, mostly White parts of the District snapped up vaccination appointments in every ward of the city, navigating the complex online sign-up system with relative ease. Washington Post, 25 May 2021 Century coach Sara Figuly said her teams strive to possess the ball, so Greenwade makes that transition with more ease. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 17 May 2021 Overwatch League analysts were shocked when the Fuel sliced through the San Francisco Shock and Houston Outlaws with relative ease. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 5 May 2021 Now, Apple users can do this with relative ease thanks to a new update to iOS 14.5. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2021 On top of that, the much more contagious B.1.1.7 variant – now the dominant strain in Oregon and the nation as of early April – is allowing the virus to transmit with greater ease. oregonlive, 2 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The change, expected to be effective June 15, comes after the board heard dozens of comments from business groups and the public urging members to ease mask restrictions in the workplace. Aya Elamroussi And Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 4 June 2021 The steady decline in initial unemployment claims points to a budding economic expansion as rising vaccination rates quell Covid-19 case numbers and governments ease restrictions on businesses. Gwynn Guilford, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Crucially, low deaths and hospitalizations even if cases rise would also give other advanced economies the confidence to ease domestic and international restrictions with other safe countries, Berenberg analysts said. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 2 June 2021 The pandemic is slowly receding from the daily lives of many Americans as businesses open up and local authorities ease restrictions. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 The plans to ease border restrictions come as the country begins to lift its lockdown measures. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2021 Concern over the rising numbers prompted the government to overrule a plan by Bangkok's governor to ease some pandemic restrictions in the capital, including the reopening of parks. Chalida Ekvittayavechnukul And Patrick Quinn, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 The document to prove who is vaccinated — on paper or digital formats — is starting to be issued by the countries to help ease restrictions and open borders to international travel. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Despite the go-ahead from the state to ease restrictions, the looser measures may not look the same everywhere. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of ease


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for ease


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

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The first known use of ease was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of ease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: freedom from pain or trouble : comfort of body or mind
: lack of difficulty
: a relaxed and informal way of behaving



English Language Learners Definition of ease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to free (someone or something) from trouble or worry
: to make (something) less painful
: to make (tension, a problem, etc.) less severe or troubling


\ ˈēz How to pronounce ease (audio) \

Kids Definition of ease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : freedom from pain or trouble : comfort of body or mind a life of ease
2 : lack of difficulty … a thief might get in with perfect ease— Washington Irving, "Sleepy Hollow"
3 : freedom from any feeling of difficulty or embarrassment She spoke with ease.


eased; easing

Kids Definition of ease (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to free from discomfort or worry : relieve This medicine will ease the pain.
2 : to make less tight : loosen She eased up on the rope.
3 : to move very carefully He eased himself into the driver's seat.


\ ˈēz How to pronounce ease (audio) \
eased; easing

Medical Definition of ease

transitive verb

1 : to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens eased and comforted the sick
2 : to take away or lessen : alleviate took an aspirin to ease the pain

intransitive verb

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

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