\ 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 offtold 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 offease up on the accelerator
c : to act in a less harsh manner usually used with up or offdecided to ease off on enforcement

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Other Words from ease


easeful \ ˈēz-​fəl How to pronounce easeful (audio) \ adjective
easefully \ ˈēz-​fə-​lē How to pronounce easefully (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 At ease in front of the camera For six hours, Sondland captivated the nation. oregonlive, "Gordon Sondland’s quid pro show," 21 Nov. 2019 The state’s water managers are a little more at ease. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "And we wait. 81% of California abnormally dry as seasonal rains fail to materialize," 14 Nov. 2019 Ed was funny humble and so good hearted that everyone felt at ease. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Ed Cherney, Grammy-Winning Engineer for Bonnie Raitt & The Rolling Stones, Dies at 69," 22 Oct. 2019 To put you at ease immediately, these do not eat carrion or animal waste. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Have you noticed flies swarming by your windows now that it’s getting cold? Here’s what’s going on.," 17 Oct. 2019 Three Maloney players land on this week’s Fab 15 after handling Bristol Eastern with ease in a 51-27 win. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "High school football Fab 15: Hall’s Lizardi, three Maloney players lead this week’s honor roll," 15 Oct. 2019 After becoming known primarily as a running quarterback in helping the Ravens win the AFC North last season, Jackson had just six rushing yards on three carries and looked at ease in the pocket all game long operating Greg Roman’s offense. Si Wire, SI.com, "Cardinals vs. Ravens Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 15 Sep. 2019 Because, for the most part, Patterson looked at ease in the offense. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's new offense and Shea Patterson are a perfect fit," 1 Sep. 2019 Equally at ease in Washington or the West Bank, Hazony’s career checks every box for the current nationalist international. Daniel Luban, The New Republic, "The Man Behind National Conservatism," 26 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now, the Fed is focused squarely on easing the cash crunch that emerged in the overnight lending market, which allows banks, hedge funds and other financial players to cheaply and easily borrow for brief periods. Matt Egan, CNN, "The $4 trillion force propelling US stocks to record highs," 22 Nov. 2019 With the world economy in a coordinated funk, central banks are once again easing monetary conditions. Washington Post, "Another Hedge Fund Giant Bites the Macro Dust," 21 Nov. 2019 The state has committed millions of dollars toward the boulevard-style, 3.6-mile Opportunity Corridor that will connect Interstate 490 at East 55th Street with University Circle, easing access to areas that have been bypassed by private investment. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Does Cleveland’s police headquarters plan fit the original vision for Opportunity Corridor economic development?," 21 Nov. 2019 The National Weather Service said rain is expected to continue before easing by Friday. USA TODAY, "Bei Bei goes bye-bye, human compost company, Confederate statue whisked away: News from around our 50 states," 21 Nov. 2019 The Federal Reserve started to tighten in 2013, tapering its quantitative-easing programme and, from 2015, raising interest rates. The Economist, "Why currency traders are serene even as Western politics gets messy," 21 Nov. 2019 For those split down the middle on whether or not to buy one and introduce it to your home, try easing into it by putting it in a room where the least important conversations happen, Henderson said. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Privacy Guide for Voice Assistants in a World Where You Cannot Escape Them," 16 Nov. 2019 Part of that likely has to do with Teague easing his way back into action. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves: Regardless of roster health, Point Wiggins may be here to stay," 14 Nov. 2019 Job-sharing started as a tool to help mothers ease back into work after maternity leave and juggle family commitments. Fortune, "One Silicon Valley Giant Is Still Refusing to Disclose Its Gender Pay Data," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Ease.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20ease. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce ease (audio)

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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