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 A week ago in Jacksonville, Jaguars running back James Robinson cut through the Colts early and often, putting Indianapolis on its heels and allowing Minshew to operate with ease later in the game. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: DeForest Buckner, Colts offer 'a taste of what we can do' by embarrassing Cousins," 20 Sep. 2020 Despite their perfectly coiffed hair and head-to-toe designer fit, Jenner and Karanikolaou managed to convey a sense of ease. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Has a Twinning Moment in Rick Owens," 9 Sep. 2020 Naomi Osaka is balancing the roles of athlete and activist with ease. Heather Tucker, USA TODAY, "Trayvon Martin's mom, Ahmaud Arbery's dad thank Naomi Osaka for wearing masks at U.S. Open," 9 Sep. 2020 Bernal responded with ease and even tried a counter move that proved inefficient while Roglic followed without trouble. orlandosentinel.com, "Primoz Roglic leads Tour de France after epic mountain trek," 6 Sep. 2020 And that's telling, because whiteness in America — like maleness, or being abled, or so many other flavors of privilege — confers a certain level of day-to-day ease, a carelessness that is as comfortable as old pajamas. Zoe Fenson, TheWeek, "What America's mask debate reveals about privilege," 31 Aug. 2020 Though these standard-bearers of weeknight ease can be quickly pan-seared, the process often involves a lot of cooking oil and the cleanup that comes with it. Christopher Michel, Country Living, "How to Cook a Boneless Pork Chop in the Air Fryer," 27 Aug. 2020 In a society of accelerationism, always on the go for success or money or happiness, the project is looking at the flipside: a culture of ease and flow. Frank Miles, Fox News, "German university offering grants to people who want to do absolutely nothing," 26 Aug. 2020 From the point of ease, the County Line Kitchen Cold Brew Coffee Maker was a clear standout. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best cold brew coffee makers of 2020," 13 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin president and CEO Patti Habeck has no illusions that the stress on the emergency food system will ease up, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and spikes among college students and children. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's food bank operators are optimistic despite expecting a spike in emergency food needs," 9 Sep. 2020 Introducing veteran quarterback Philip Rivers could require an adjustment period, but Rivers' relationship with coach Frank Reich, who served as the Chargers' offensive coordinator in 2014-15, should ease that. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "The one glaring weakness for each of these 9 Super Bowl contenders," 8 Sep. 2020 Made with Asics’ GEL Cushioning technology, these shoes ease the sting of impact to help keep joints and feet comfortable. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Save big on some of your favorite brands at eBay’s 25th Anniversary Sale," 8 Sep. 2020 Nurse practitioners argue that the measure, even with its limitations, would ease primary care shortages, especially in rural areas — a problem the pandemic has made more stark. Rachel Bluth, SFChronicle.com, "Long-fought nurse practitioner independence bill heads to Newsom," 6 Sep. 2020 Monday's changes are meant to ease the burden on the state's child care system, which is operating under new restrictions by order of the governor, following a temporary shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky announces revised rules for struggling child care centers, to increase class size," 1 Sep. 2020 Widespread joblessness and economic damage pushed the government to ease lockdown measures in ongoing phases starting in June, even as India's caseload ticked up. Fortune, "India tried to tame COVID-19 by sacrificing its economy. It got the worst of both worlds instead," 1 Sep. 2020 Ngakoue also should ease the loss of four-time Pro Bowler Everson Griffen, who signed a one-year deal with Dallas earlier this month. Mark Long, orlandosentinel.com, "Jaguars trading disgruntled Yannick Ngakoue to Vikings for 2 picks," 30 Aug. 2020 In Asia, Hong Kong will ease some social-distancing rules after new cases fell, while infections in Seoul may have peaked over the past weekend, health officials said. Bloomberg.com, "Sun Belt Eases; FDA Chief Addresses Plasma Error: Virus Update," 29 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for ease

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

26 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ease. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for ease

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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