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

Synonyms & Antonyms for ease

Synonyms: Noun

alleviation, comfort, release, relief

Synonyms: Verb

facilitate, grease, loosen (up), smooth, unclog

Antonyms: Verb

complicate

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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

Travis gives enough direction to get anyone handy with a Big Green Egg or another smoker to the finish line with ease. Dallas News, "Fort Worth's Heim Barbecue shares recipes for the perfect cookout side dishes," 1 July 2019 In six years in the American, UConn women’s basketball has gone 120-0 in conference games, claiming six regular season and conference tournament championships with ease. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "How Butler women's basketball benefits from UConn's return to Big East," 25 June 2019 As most of the team huffed and puffed through it before the days of heavy offseason training, McRae finished with ease. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 75, Bennie McRae," 23 June 2019 Ruiz was a stellar center prospect coming out of high school thanks in part to his explosion and athletic ability to reach, pull and get to the second level with ease. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: OL Nolan Rumler brings power and polish to maul," 21 June 2019 His arm strength is such an asset at the hot corner, allowing him to make difficult plays with ease. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins mailbag: Is it time to move the fences in at Marlins Park? Plus, potential free-agent targets, TV deal and more," 20 June 2019 Utt’s feature-length directorial debut sparkles while Tullock’s and Utt’s screenplay shifts tones with ease. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, "Frameline 2019: Here’s what to see at SF’s LGBTQ film fest," 18 June 2019 Sirens are remarkably slippery, enabling them to slide through a predator’s jaws with ease. Asher Elbein, Washington Post, "An unintended consequence of more fencing at the border? It might make it harder to identify a new salamander species.," 18 June 2019 The chip shot was not easy, but Woodland pulled it off with ease, hitting to 3 feet and then making the birdie putt. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "U.S. Open: Long-Driving Gary Woodland Putts His Way to Victory," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to The Telegraph, Solskjaer is set to meet with the unsettled Frenchman before United head to Australia on Sunday to try and help ease his concerns. SI.com, "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Set for Paul Pogba Talks as Man Utd Ready Sean Longstaff Approach," 2 July 2019 Advocates say kratom helps ease pain and reduce symptoms of opioid withdrawal, but the FDA has not approved it for any medical use. STAT, "Pharmalittle: Judge appears to back push for opioid settlement; the CRISPR patent fight lives on," 26 June 2019 The meeting may have helped ease Democratic complaints. Time, "The White House Threatens to Veto an Aid Bill for Migrant Families Detained After Crossing the Border," 25 June 2019 The meeting may have helped ease Democratic complaints. Author: Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, "White House threatens to veto aid bill for migrant families," 25 June 2019 Perhaps that’s why hypnotherapy has found an unlikely bedfellow in gastrointestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, which it has been proven to help ease. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "Can Hypnotherapy Actually Help Treat Pain and Anxiety?," 21 June 2019 His 3-point shooting would help ease the loss of Thompson next season. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "NBA draft: Seven players Warriors might target, plus other names to know," 19 June 2019 New standards and frequency-hopping technologies can help ease the strain on the spectrum, but even the most flexible wireless architecture needs access to at least a sliver of spectrum without intruding on another signal—and many IoT applications. Popular Mechanics, "The Invisible Battle for America’s Airwaves," 17 June 2019 All along the way, the computer adjusts the all-wheel-steering’s responsiveness in anticipation of my next move, including pivoting the rear wheels into the turn to help ease the car through. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Lamborghini’s Huracán EVO Sees the Future—And Makes You Look Great," 15 June 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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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 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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