\ 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


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


easeful \ ˈēz-​fəl How to pronounce ease (audio) \ adjective
easefully \ ˈēz-​fə-​lē How to pronounce ease (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 Johnny Johnson III took out a linebacker with ease. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2021 Certified Lover Boy debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with ease, starting its time on the tally with 613,000 equivalent units. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 But the Tigers erupted for 35 points in the third quarter to pull away with ease. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Named Alexcita, Panchita and Coqueta, the three devices glide around the restaurant, carrying food and drinks to tables with ease. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Romance ensues, and then hurt feelings, and complicated conversations, and finally more romance in a winning, acerbic script that carries out every turn with ease. David Sims, The Atlantic, 8 Sep. 2021 Here are some everyday kitchen tasks your processor can handle with ease. Cassidy Olsen, Good Housekeeping, 8 Sep. 2021 Most toll roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area charge the same price for each vehicle, allowing for cars to pass through tolls much faster and with ease. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 6 Sep. 2021 Lined up against Collin Gamble, Doubs ran right past the cornerback making his first start and made the touchdown catch with ease. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Knowing that the property is still vigilant in protecting its guests could help ease many guests’ worries. Nathan Mayfield, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Medical science is still puzzling over why and how to help ease long-hauler misery. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 With its low seat and curved back, the chair provided comfort to help ease Kennedy’s chronic back pain from injuries suffered during World War II, according to the museum. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 By Thursday afternoon, Neal had not released details of any revenue proposals, including the tax boosts or some tax cuts his party wants to use to help ease people's costs for health care and other needs. Arkansas Online, 10 Sep. 2021 The city has been socking away funds to help ease the shock of funding such a large increase between 2022 and 2023, but city officials and the pension task force have not so far laid out a plan publicly for preventing the sharp rise. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021 The little elephant received a plasma transfusion over the weekend to help ease some of her medical issues and responded well to the treatment. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Oregon neighborhoods with rows of single-family houses may see the addition of smaller homes built to help ease the state’s longstanding housing shortage and high costs. oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2021 Passing this piece of legislation, as well as the entire Momnibus act, could help ease the maternal mortality crisis and address the serious impacts of climate change on mothers and babies of color. Emily Mediate, STAT, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of ease


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for ease


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

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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



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


\ 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.


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.


\ 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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