ease

1 of 2

noun

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
easeful adjective
easefully adverb

ease

2 of 2

verb

eased; easing

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
3
a
: 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
5
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
Phrases
at ease
1
: free from pain or discomfort
2
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Super Sub cuts through the water with more ease than before, a difference passengers will be able to feel. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2022 In the title role of Figaro, Polish bass Krzysztof Baczyk matched a sonorous voice with limber physicality, maneuvering his towering frame around the stage with fleet-footed ease. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2022 Saint took on Snoop Dogg's classic plaid button-down look with natural ease. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2022 Don’t come here for a thriller about a plane crash, but the pages do turn with remarkable ease. Nicholas Mancusi, Time, 24 Oct. 2022 The [May 15] mass murderer researched his Buffalo target, spread this hateful manifesto, and livestreamed his murders with disturbing ease. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2022 Some large birds prefer to feed together as a flock, so feeders that hold more seed will be able to handle these bigger groups with more ease. Kj Callihan, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Oct. 2022 Nobody moved with more seeming ease and speed; nobody else could produce virtually any shot on any side, from topspin forehands to knockout volleys and pinpoint serves. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 23 Sep. 2022 The melty flesh slips off the bone with remarkable ease and rests in a velvety, sweet sauce that virtually eliminates any hint of gaminess. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Sep. 2022
Verb
The outlook does not account for a recession and assumes inflation will ease. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Here are some quick tips that can help SMBs ease supply chain pressures. Pushkar Mukewar, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 There is no single or obvious call to action that would ease what amounts to a systemic crisis. Mac Schwerin, The Atlantic, 11 Nov. 2022 But while prices may ease further, Americans will likely be in catch-up mode well into 2023. Quartz, 10 Nov. 2022 Unplug and unwind in Hawaii on one of the state's secluded beaches, where the sun warms your skin and the sound of the sea will ease your mind. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, 10 Nov. 2022 China has continued to use snap lockdowns and mass testing to prevent outbreaks from spreading, as other countries ease coronavirus restrictions. Harold Maass, The Week, 10 Nov. 2022 Moujawaz, too, became a convert as CBD helped ease his insomnia and stress levels. CNN, 9 Nov. 2022 Yes, there are certainly concerns, and playing bad teams helps ease some of those concerns. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ease.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near ease

Cite this Entry

“Ease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ease. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

ease 1 of 2

noun

1
: freedom from pain or trouble : comfort of body or mind
a life of ease
2
: freedom from any feeling of difficulty or embarrassment
speak with ease
3
: skill that does not require a lot of hard work
rides a horse with ease
at ease
1
: free from pain, discomfort, or difficulty
2
: free to act in a way one feels comfortable
feels at ease with old friends

ease

2 of 2

verb

eased; easing
1
: to free from discomfort or worry : relieve
ease one's pain
2
: to make less tight or difficult : loosen
ease up on the rope
3
: to move slowly or gently
eased herself into the chair

Medical Definition

ease

verb

eased; easing

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

More from Merriam-Webster on ease

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ