ease

noun
\ 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

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 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

Noun

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 That ease could help Martin make the postseason roster over Austin Barnes, who started the season as the Dodgers’ top catcher. Los Angeles Times, "Hyun-Jin Ryu dominates Mets, but one Julio Urias pitch dooms Dodgers," 14 Sep. 2019 The Cavaliers moved down the field with ease as quarterback Bryce Perkins completed a few big passes. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU rally falls just short as Seminoles lose at No. 25 Virginia," 13 Sep. 2019 Skip to main content USA TODAY For two decades, Bob Baffert has worn the burden of being horse racing’s most recognizable figure with reliable ease. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Try again, Bob. Baffert's response to Justify drug allegations isn't good enough," 12 Sep. 2019 Nearly 30 seconds in, Herrmann introduces a tuneful melody that, even in its singing ease, feels unstable over the accompaniment, a symptom of the horror hiding behind the amiability of Norman Bates. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "‘Psycho’ and ‘Close Encounters’ Roll at the Philharmonic," 10 Sep. 2019 And the rice crust that failed in the pork ribs integrated with ease into a hot and sour combination of chicken, shrimp and vegetables poured with tableside flash. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Li’s Restaurant gives Chinese food fans a Sichuan fix in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 5 Sep. 2019 But no single existing solution quite offered the combination of quality and ease of use the band had hoped for. Wired, "How YACHT Used Machine Learning to Create Their New Album," 5 Sep. 2019 Salazar is at ease taking her sons to local parks or letting them play hide and seek in the apartment. Bend Bulletin, oregonlive, "Oregon mother fears deportation as her son waits for a kidney transplant," 3 Sep. 2019 But no single existing solution quite offered the combination of quality and ease of use the band had hoped for. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album," 31 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The two acres planted earlier with niche stone fruit varieties will have eased closer to maturity and, soon enough, there will be more row crops out front. Chris Malloy, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Ambitious Culinary Resort Has Landed in Arizona’s High Desert," 30 Oct. 2019 Firefighters anticipate the strong winds will ease by Monday, making controlling the flames tenable. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "California’s wildfires are forcing mandatory evacuations and massive blackouts," 27 Oct. 2019 The storm will peak Tuesday afternoon and shift north into Canada, and strong winds and high waves will slowly ease through Thursday. Judson Jones, CNN, "Gale-force winds and up to 20-foot waves are likely on Lake Michigan," 22 Oct. 2019 The recommendation of a conditional marketing authorization will not ease those restrictions on its use in DRC, the WHO said, noting that the first licensed doses will only be available in mid-2020. Helen Branswell, STAT, "With European backing, the world is on the brink of the first approved Ebola vaccine," 18 Oct. 2019 The outlook also suggests drought conditions across the Southeast will ease through the winter: NOAA noted that no part of the U.S. is expected to have below-average temperatures over the winter months. Leigh Morgan, al, "NOAA releases winter outlook: Should Alabama expect any snow?," 17 Oct. 2019 However the court fight turns out, only a bigger supply will ease struggles over organ distribution. Lauran Neergaard, The Denver Post, "Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor," 14 Oct. 2019 However the court fight turns out, only a bigger supply will ease struggles over organ distribution. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor," 14 Oct. 2019 The assumption is that the increased visibility and access workers have to one another will ease the flow of information and enhance learning, well-being, and collegiality. Rachel Morrison, Quartz at Work, "How open-plan offices work against women," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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27 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for ease

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

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ease

noun
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

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 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.

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 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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