easy

adjective
\ ˈē-zē How to pronounce easy (audio) \
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

easy

adverb
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

Adjective

easiness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for easy

Adjective

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

synonyms see in addition comfortable

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

Of course, Shawn Mendes is much easier to say and put on CDs. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "9 Super Fun Shawn Mendes Facts Every True Fan Should Commit to Memory," 13 Feb. 2019 Plan ahead — tickets are easiest to obtain in a one- or two-night package deal that includes hotel, ticket, dinner and a shuttle (www.passionsspiele-oberammergau.de). Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "What’s new in Germany and the Low Countries for 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 And most of them are limited to low speeds—which makes the safety challenges much easier to deal with. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 The look of Airspace is easier to get than ever, delivered from Instagram to your living room with just a few clicks. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 Full Throttle is easier than the former, and much, much shorter than the latter. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "GOG.com's winter sale kicks off with free copies of LucasArts classic Full Throttle," 13 Dec. 2018 So, let that make your Tuesday a little bit easier to handle. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Noah Centineo’s Sexy Shirtless Calvin Klein Ads Just Broke the Internet," 20 Feb. 2019 Since America's Got Talent season 13 wrapped up last September, spinoff AGT: The Champions has (thankfully!) made the wait for the original show's return a little bit easier. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' 2019: Everything to Know About Season 14 of 'AGT'," 19 Feb. 2019 Acrylic is stain resistant and easy to clean, fade resistant, and water-repellant. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Plenty of local grocery stores, like Whole Foods, have made purchasing these teeny plants as easy as picking up your weekly groceries. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "PSA: Costco Is Selling Entire Succulent Gardens for $20," 13 Feb. 2019 The moisture in the fabric makes pressing really easy. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 There’s no quick, plug-and-play solution or set of four easy steps that will make the new year easy and uncomplicated. SELF, "I'm a Personal Trainer but Here's Why You'll Never Hear Me Say 'New Year, New You'," 10 Jan. 2019 Self-driving is pretty easy here—Avis, Hertz, and Alamo all have counters at Beirut’s airport, and the highways and city roads are well maintained. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 USA Today’s Nancy Armour argues that the NFL picked the wrong player to go easy on. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "What Does Fining Jerry Richardson Amount to?," 29 June 2018 The deal to remove them from the U.S. sanctions list has become politicized in recent weeks due to concerns, mostly among Democrats who were joined by several Republicans, that the Trump administration was going easy on Moscow. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Private-Equity Executives to Get Rusal Holding Company Votes in Sanctions Deal," 22 Jan. 2019 Husband and wife team Caleb and Natalie Ebel were more than familiar with this process, and finally decided to do something about it by launching Backdrop, a paint startup that aims to make the entire painting process easy, seamless, and affordable. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This New Company Is Cutting Out The Annoying Parts Of Painting We’ve Just Come To Accept As Normal," 6 Dec. 2018 But with the latest Wrangler—the JL model—Jeep endeavored to make the door-removal process as easy as possible. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How Long Does It Take to Remove the Doors on a Wrangler?," 31 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of easy

Adjective

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

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for easy

Adjective

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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easy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of easy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

easy

adverb

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

: without difficulty or stress

easy

adjective
\ 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

easy

adverb

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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