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easier; easiest

Definition of easy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : causing or involving little difficulty or discomfort within easy reach
b : requiring or indicating little effort, thought, or reflection easy clichés
2a : not severe : lenient hopes they'll be easy on him
b : not steep or abrupt easy slopes
c : not difficult to endure or undergo an easy penalty
d : readily taken advantage of an easy target for takeovers an easy mark for con men
e(1) : readily available easy pickings
(2) : plentiful in supply at low or declining interest rates easy money
(3) : less in demand and usually lower in price bonds were easier
f : pleasant easy listening
g : sexually promiscuous
3a : marked by peace and comfort the easy life of a courtier
b : not hurried or strenuous an easy pace
4a : free from pain, annoyance, or anxiety did all she could to make him easier
b : marked by social ease an air of easy assurance
c : easygoing an easy disposition
5a : giving ease, comfort, or relaxation
b : not burdensome or straitened bought on easy terms
c : fitting comfortably : allowing freedom of movement easy jackets
d : marked by ready facility an easy flowing style
e : felt or attained to readily, naturally, and spontaneously an easy smile


easier; easiest

Definition of easy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : easily sense 1 promises come easy
2 : without undue speed or excitement take it easy
3a : without worry or care rest easy
b : without a severe penalty got off easy
c : without violent movement the boat rode easy
4 : easily sense 2 cost $500 easy

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Other Words from easy


easiness noun

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easy, facile, simple, light, effortless, smooth mean not demanding effort or involving difficulty. easy is applicable either to persons or things imposing tasks or to activity required by such tasks. an easy college course facile often adds to easy the connotation of undue haste or shallowness. facile answers to complex questions simple stresses ease in understanding or dealing with because complication is absent. a simple problem in arithmetic light stresses freedom from what is burdensome. a light teaching load effortless stresses the appearance of ease and usually implies the prior attainment of artistry or expertness. moving with effortless grace smooth stresses the absence or removal of all difficulties, hardships, or obstacles. a smooth ride

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Examples of easy in a Sentence

Adjective It's surprisingly easy to use. It was an easy decision to make. They scored an easy goal late in the game. It wasn't easy for her to leave home. There are no easy solutions to this problem. He's had an easy life. This new schedule should make our lives easier. I hope this will make things easier for you. I won't feel easy until I know that she arrived safely. Adverb He just wants to take life easy now. we can make the trip in four hours easy
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Just a few months ago, the oldest members of Generation Z were likely thinking that getting a job would be pretty easy. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Returning to work: What are your rights?," 19 May 2020 Beyond its nostalgic charm, macaroni salad’s staying power lies in convenience: Its steps are as easy as its ingredient list is approachable, relying on pantry staples and lending itself to adaptation. Alexa Weibel, New York Times, "Macaroni Salad for Modern Times," 18 May 2020 That might be easier said than done, with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell telling 60 Minutes the nation's unemployment rate, now 14.7%, could rise to upwards of 25%. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Many low-wage workers earn more on unemployment than in their former jobs," 18 May 2020 This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser Making homemade BBQ sauce is as easy as blending a few ingredients in a pan and then letting the sauce simmer. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce," 18 May 2020 The board is relatively lightweight—only five pounds—and therefore easy to move around and clean. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "This Cutting Board Has Made My Cooking Life So Much Better," 18 May 2020 Aurora is the bigger of the two birds, something Castimore said is easy to spot when both birds are in the nest. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Kenai Eagle Cam is back, and bald eagles could be hatching before the end of the month," 17 May 2020 According to Lanclos, 60 percent of Covid dashboard traffic has come from mobile, where responsive web design is often easier said than done. Brian Feldman, Bloomberg.com, "The Software That’s Powering All the Coronavirus Dashboards," 14 May 2020 Who knew becoming as timeless a beauty as Phylicia Rashad could be as easy as sleeping on it, literally? Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Phylicia Rashad Shares Her Secrets To Timeless Beauty," 14 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb First and foremost: Be gentle—that means going easy on at-home spa days. Leah Groth, Health.com, "'Maskne' Is a Real Thing—Here's How to Stop Face Mask Breakouts," 15 May 2020 Whatever your approach, remember to go easy on yourself and have fun when unpacking and using your farm-fresh produce. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "4 tips to help you get the most out of that farm box or CSA share produce," 11 May 2020 In the end, Coxhe took a plea deal rather than go to trial and hoped the judge would go easy on him. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Despite COVID-19 concerns, Indiana's Caviar King denied release from federal prison," 6 May 2020 But now might be a good time to remind you that staying super plugged into the news can exacerbate this response (and a lot of other things on this list, at that), so maybe consider going easy on yourself and cutting back on your news consumption. Anna Borges, SELF, "17 Totally Normal Things to Feel Right Now, According to Therapists," 10 Apr. 2020 That easy, inside-out, tennis-racket swing allowed him to transition seamlessly from crouching in the batter's box to flying up the line, which meant that even his routine ground balls became fledgling infield hits. Jay Willis, GQ, "The press release is layered in so much stilted, sanitized corporatespeak," 4 May 2018 But nothing else in the law or in practice makes that easy, said Josh Silverman, CEO of Etsy, a selling platform for micro businesses. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "'We did everything right.' Small businesses left in limbo waiting for government loans," 22 Apr. 2020 Weaver-style bases make the addition of any optic easy. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "Best Cheap Guns of SHOT Show 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 But that makes managing load transfer easy; the Alfa asks you to drive it actively and rewards you for doing so. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of easy


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for easy


Middle English esy, from Anglo-French eisé, aasié, past participle of eiser, aaisier to ease, from a- ad- (from Latin ad-) + eise ease

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

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22 May 2020

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“Easy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easy. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of easy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not hard to do : not difficult
: free from pain, trouble, or worry
: not hurried



English Language Learners Definition of easy (Entry 2 of 2)

: without difficulty or stress
\ ˈē-zē How to pronounce easy (audio) \
easier; easiest

Kids Definition of easy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not hard to do or get : not difficult an easy lesson
2 : not hard to please an easy teacher
3 : free from pain, trouble, or worry She had an easy life.
4 : comfortable sense 1 In easy state upon this couch, there sat a jolly Giant …— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
5 : showing ease : natural an easy manner



Kids Definition of easy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : easily Our team should win easy.
2 : slowly and carefully or calmly Easy does it.
3 : without much punishment You got off easy.

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