\ 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 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


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 Many reviewers rave about how the sharp blade cuts foods with ease. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Williams Sonoma Is Having a Big Sale on Top-Rated Knives," 30 June 2020 It can be used on all floor types and suctions up pet hair, debris, dirt and more with ease. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "15 gadgets that'll help keep your clothes and home free of pet hair," 25 June 2020 Nations around the world are similarly struggling to contain the surge of coronavirus infections as lockdowns ease. Jeffrey Collins, The Christian Science Monitor, "View from Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Reopening during a pandemic," 23 June 2020 There are some signs that consumer spending is picking up as restrictions ease, according to the Bank of England, which held its key interest rate at 0.1%. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Bank of England unleashes more stimulus as UK economy sinks," 18 June 2020 Sergei Fedorov scored the game-winning goal in Game 3 on the road before the Red Wings capped off the sweep with ease in Game 4. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Remembering when Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back Stanley Cups for Vladimir Konstantinov," 16 June 2020 But as social-distancing restrictions ease, that’s about to change. Dallas News, "Want to tour Globe Life Field and have lunch on us? Enter our contest!," 15 June 2020 Jay Butler introduced two new sets of suggestions for how members of the public can stay safe from the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, as restrictions ease. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "After months of silence, CDC holds press briefing, issues new COVID advice," 12 June 2020 Robert De Niro's Tribeca Enterprises announced the opening of various drive-ins across the U.S. Starting on June 25, the Tribeca Drive-In summer series will run new, classic and independent films as coronavirus restrictions ease. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Missing movie theaters in COVID-19 quarantine? Fill up the car and head to these drive-ins," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How to help sunburned lips After a lip sunburn, take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever like ibuprofen ($19.98; Amazon.com) to help ease tenderness and swelling. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Sunburned Lips: The Best Ways to Soothe and Heal Them, According to Dermatologists," 2 July 2020 Meanwhile, the buildup of crude stocks finally ebbed some to help ease a supply glut. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Centrist Democrat Sean Casten accuses GOP of choosing ‘suicide’ on climate," 1 July 2020 The mineral may help ease PMS symptoms and migraines. Leslie Pepper, Better Homes & Gardens, "Decoding Your Hormones: How to Navigate Your Body's Changes as You Age," 30 June 2020 The spontaneous appearance or expansion of radical mutual-aid groups—grassroots efforts of concerned citizens to help ease one another's difficulties—might thus be taken as an auspicious sign. Gideon Lewis-kraus, Wired, "How to Make Government Trustworthy Again," 18 June 2020 During lockdown, passenger airlines started operating cargo-only routes to help ease supply chain bottlenecks. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Airlines are trading passengers for packages. That hasn't made shipping any cheaper," 18 June 2020 An affordable broadband option will help ease the burdens on people who struggle to make ends meet. Essence, "Broadband Access Is A Civil Right We Can’t Afford To Lose – But Many Can’t Afford To Have," 17 June 2020 With the world rethinking how to operate while avoiding germs, these credit cards have technology that can help ease your mind. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "BMO Harris Bank offers True Name credit cards to create comfort for transgender customers," 16 June 2020 There have been reported talks that Vancouver may hold training camp in the U.S. to help ease border travel for all players and staff, but in the meantime, plans remain a mystery for Benn and Kohut. Joey Hayden, Dallas News, "A tale of two pandemic pregnancy stories for Ben Bishop, ex-Star Jordie Benn, and their significant others," 16 June 2020

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

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4 Jul 2020

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“Ease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ease. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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



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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