ease

noun
\ˈēz \

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

ease

verb
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

Noun

easeful \ˈēz-fəl \ adjective
easefully \ˈēz-fə-lē \ adverb

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

France has met every challenge and passed them with ease. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 The team’s executives and coaches envision him one day draining long-range jumpers and blocking shots with ease. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mo Bamba shows flashes of potential in Magic debut," 7 July 2018 Both sides won their respective groups with ease, but the Red Devils were given a terrible fright by Japan in the round of 16 - ​they had to claw back a two-goal deficit to win 3-2. James Taylor, Pro Soccer USA, "Brazil 1-2 Belgium: Red Devils Shatter Brazil’s Dreams With Clinical Display to Set Up France Clash," 6 July 2018 In an 1895 paper on heart disease, one doctor reported that a patient who had panted for breath after climbing one flight of stairs was now able to cycle up hills with ease. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 With ease the teenager lists when and where the tractors in his dad's collection were made and who their companies' founders were along with highlights and lowlights of the firms' histories. Mitchell Kirk, Post-Tribune, "Cass County man collects tractors from around the world," 6 July 2018 In the surf at the mouth of the Eel River in Northern California, the Aleka accelerated quickly and caught waves with ease. Dylan Silver, Outside Online, "The Best Stand-Up Paddleboards of 2018," 5 July 2018 After fielding Delino DeShields' leadoff grounder with ease, Cole parked a 2-0 four-seam fastball on the outer half to Shin-Soo Choo. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros overcome 4-run deficit to defeat Rangers in 10 innings," 4 July 2018 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, appears to be settling into her new life with ease. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Wears Prada to the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In addition, fire restrictions will be eased for all but the northern portions of Kaibab National Forest. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Some Arizona fire restrictions lifted; forests reopening," 11 July 2018 The lack of a Spanish far-right like the kind that swept into power in Italy and Hungary, and made inroads in Germany, has perhaps eased the pressure to heal wounds of the devastating war. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 Those rules, which require women in Saudi Arabia to get permission from male guardians for a range of activities, have been eased somewhat but have not been fully revoked. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Mustang is 'dream car' gift for Saudi Arabian woman," 11 July 2018 In one potentially optimistic sign, speculators have eased off copper. David Hodari, WSJ, "Metals Slide Deepens as Trade Fears Escalate," 11 July 2018 CALIFORNIA Fires on both ends of the state eased Monday. Colleen Slevin, Fox News, "Illegal fires ignite massive Colorado blazes, spur arrests," 10 July 2018 CALIFORNIA Fires on both ends of the state eased Monday. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Illegal fires ignite massive Colorado blazes, spur arrests," 10 July 2018 These medications ease cravings, prevent overdoses, and help people stay in treatment. Felice J. Freyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Addicted people often end up in jail. That can be deadly for them," 9 July 2018 Take a look for yourself: Later in the day, Prince William has also eased up a bit and looks more relaxed in this moment, according to Constantine. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze the Royal Family at Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of ease

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

History and Etymology for ease

Noun

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

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ease

noun

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

ease

verb

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

ease

noun
\ˈēz \

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.

ease

verb
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.

ease

verb
\ˈēz \
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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