\ 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


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 Popular Science found the tests were easy to use, with a small learning curve. CBS News, "At-home COVID-19 rapid tests could play critical role during pandemic," 4 May 2021 More important for Vastaamo’s purposes, the interface was easy to use. William Ralston, Wired, "Then a Hacker Began Posting Patients’ Deepest Secrets Online," 4 May 2021 At about 41 pounds apiece, each Beolab 28 is easy to move around, allowing experimentation with room placement and letting the piano movers take the day off. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Review: The Beolab 28 Loudspeakers Represent Bang & Olufsen’s Most Advanced Wireless Design Yet," 4 May 2021 This free-standing toilet paper stand holder has a compartment for three additional rolls that are easy to grab. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Toilet Paper Holder Stand," 4 May 2021 Is there a product that would last the wear and tear of a kitchen and be easy to apply? Washington Post, "Synthetic kitchen cabinet doors can bubble or fade. Here’s what you can do.," 3 May 2021 Poufs work as a coffee table or for seating—and are easy to move when converting the sofa into a bed. Jody Garlock, Better Homes & Gardens, "An 1,100-Square-Foot Cape Cod Home That Proves You Don't Have to Sacrifice Style in a Small Space," 3 May 2021 These administrative and compliance costs are relatively easy to comprehend. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, "Biden’s Spending Binge Is Costlier Than Advertised," 2 May 2021 The polyester fleece used in these blankets is thick enough to provide appreciable warmth, capable of drying quickly, and is easy to clean. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Car-Camping Starter Kit," 2 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The long slog of the Premier League has proved easy to master in comparison with the chimera of the Champions League. New York Times, "Manchester City Gets One Step Closer to Its Ultimate Purpose," 4 May 2021 Alabama got off easy on Thursday with no severe weather. Leigh Morgan, al, "Sunday could be stormy in parts of Alabama," 30 Apr. 2021 What happened: Milwaukee was taking it easy, but potential Finals opponent New York still represented a worry. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Memorable moments from every game of the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks championship season," 29 Apr. 2021 Nobody ever believed the pandemic would go easy on children. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "How the Closure of In-School Learning Damaged U.S. Children's Mental Health During the Pandemic," 29 Apr. 2021 Making the radar, lidar, cameras, sensors and computer gear is (relatively) easy. Bill Roberson, Forbes, "Making Safe Self-Driving Cars Is Really, Really Difficult, So Lyft Just Sold Its Self-Driving Tech," 28 Apr. 2021 But as a Connecticut middle school teacher who may owe a $16,000 tax bill for his Facebook fundraiser discovered, easy can come with costly complications. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, "Could your Facebook fundraiser or GoFundMe land you a big tax bill? Here's what to know before you start one," 24 Apr. 2021 But, as fans have come to expect, love will not come easy: tumbling twists and turns are thrown into the final season almost immediately. Gianluca Russo, Glamour, "Sutton Foster and Darren Star on Younger’s Legacy," 15 Apr. 2021 The thing about watching all the Oscar nominees is that the weight of somber subject matter and rigorously tough endings that don’t let the audience off easy can all get a bit crushing. Joe Reid, Vulture, "Every 2021 Oscar-Nominated Movie, Ranked," 21 Apr. 2021

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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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“Easy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easy. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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