\ 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 As Warren ripped Trump, the influence of money in politics and corruption with ease and clarity, the scene gave the impression of a liberal to be reckoned with. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "'A plan to fight back': How Elizabeth Warren stumbled in New Hampshire and her plan for 'the long haul'," 14 Feb. 2020 After all of the ugliness that has surrounded the Houston Astros since November, thank goodness owner Jim Crane finally put everyone’s mind at ease Thursday and set the record straight. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Finger: Astros apologize, but for what, exactly?," 13 Feb. 2020 Prediction Renegades 35, Battlehawks 30 Both home favorites won with relative ease on the opening day of the 2020 XFL season. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "St. Louis Battlehawks at Dallas Renegades XFL odds, picks and best bets," 9 Feb. 2020 Snow is also expected in the Blue Mountains, but lower temperatures should stop the snow from melting and ease flooding. Washington Post, "Rescues by chopper, front loader as flood hits northwest US," 8 Feb. 2020 To drive growth beyond the near term, Latin American governments have to boost spending on infrastructure and make reforms in areas like labor markets, ease of doing business, and in diversifying away from commodities, Abadia said. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Coronavirus spells trouble for Latin America’s sputtering, China-linked economies," 7 Feb. 2020 Dyson’s vacuum cleaners are known for their elegant and compact design, maneuverability, and ease of use. Leeron Hoory, Popular Science, "Lightweight, powerful vacuums that will leave your floors sparkling," 6 Feb. 2020 Watching trade tensions ease and the Lunar New Year approach, refiners may have stocked up fast in anticipation of holiday travel and a strong economic rebound. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "As Coronavirus Spreads, China Chokes on Oil," 5 Feb. 2020 The 30-something entrepreneur is at ease among crypto's tribal subcultures, but equally so at mainstream institutions like her alma mater, Harvard Law School. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Bitcoin is too slow. Is Lightning Labs poised to fix that?," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others, though, say that easing restrictions on polygamous marriages won’t do much to help victims and could even make things worse. Time, "Utah Bill Would Reduce Polygamy From a Felony to an Infraction," 11 Feb. 2020 Others, though, say that easing restrictions on polygamous marriages won’t do much to help victims and could even make things worse. Lindsay Whitehurst, USA TODAY, "Polygamists still go to jail in Utah. A new state law may end that.," 11 Feb. 2020 Others, though, say that easing restrictions on polygamous marriages won’t do much to help victims and could even make things worse. Washington Post, "Polygamists may not face jail time under new Utah bill," 10 Feb. 2020 Taiwan has done the same, rationing out two masks per person per week in addition to instituting a one-month ban on the export of medical masks in order to safeguard its own supplies and easing import restrictions. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The scramble for masks amid the coronavirus outbreak is a crash course in Econ 101," 3 Feb. 2020 Such a state of emergency would have little effect in Portland, which started to ease its zoning restrictions to provide shelters years ago. oregonlive, "Tina Kotek proposes $40 million investment in homelessness -- a first for Oregon," 21 Jan. 2020 In a continuation of their dedication to deregulation, the Trump administration recently moved to ease restrictions placed on school nutrition programs put in place as part of Michelle Obama’s push to reduce childhood obesity. Tara Edwards, refinery29.com, "The Trump Administration Moved To Roll Back Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program On Her Birthday," 18 Jan. 2020 Arizona is among the states that had to get federal approval for all voting changes — until 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court eased restrictions. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Arizona may have violated the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of people. Will the state fix problems by Election Day?," 14 Jan. 2020 Another candidate, Libertarian Elliot Schierman, is also running for TX-2 with a platform based on easing immigration restrictions, free speech and ending the war on drugs. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Democratic congressional candidates take on Trump, Rep. Dan Crenshaw," 10 Jan. 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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17 Feb 2020

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