\ 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 off told 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 off ease up on the accelerator
c : to act in a less harsh manner usually used with up or off decided to ease off on enforcement

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Other Words from ease


easeful \ ˈēz-​fəl How to pronounce ease (audio) \ adjective
easefully \ ˈēz-​fə-​lē How to pronounce ease (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 Hamm had problems clearing 14-6, but was able to do so and seemed to be relaxed during the remainder of the competition, clearing the rest of his heights with ease. Arthur L. Mack, al, "4A-7A Track: Scottsboro athletes lead Friday’s record-breaking day in Gulf Shores," 1 May 2021 Stewart had one of his best games as a two-way force for most of the night, converting shots at the rim with ease while disrupting the Mavericks on defense. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' youth shows out in 115-105 loss to Mavs, as Tim Hardaway Jr. torches nets," 30 Apr. 2021 Thanks to a three-speed manual gearbox, the engine was able to send 90 hp to the rear treads—nothing too crazy but more than enough to cut through the snow with ease. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "This 80-Year-Old Bombardier B-7 Snowmobile Still Runs—and Now It Can Be Yours," 30 Apr. 2021 Locates the ball and can change his body positioning with ease. USA TODAY, "2021 NFL draft DE, OLB rankings: Top edge rusher prospects," 28 Apr. 2021 For comfort, Razer includes a magnetic wrist pad that can be attached or removed with ease. Janhoi Mcgregor, Forbes, "5 Wireless Keyboards That Let You Type And Game Without Boundaries," 27 Apr. 2021 Now, after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a core-muscle injury, Looney is moving with ease for the first time in nearly two years. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors mailbag: Why isn't Steph Curry an MVP front-runner?," 25 Apr. 2021 These incredibly versatile pieces are perfect for making your rounds with guests at the reception and frolicking on the dance floor with ease. Colleen Sheehan, Town & Country, "Spring 2022 Bridal Trends to Keep In Mind For Your Upcoming Nuptials," 23 Apr. 2021 In addition, Bohanna possesses outstanding length (34-inch arms), heavy hands and a strong upper body, which enable him to stack single blocks at the point of attack with ease. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 late-round 2021 NFL draft sleepers for the Dallas Cowboys," 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The issue will likely ease in the second half this year, according to Counterpoint. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "The Taiwanese Chip Champion Shaking Qualcomm’s Tree," 4 May 2021 His addition will ease the workload of Roberts, who returns despite suffering a knee injury late last season. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Here’s where Dolphins’ roster stands after the 2021 NFL draft | Analysis," 4 May 2021 If your company requires you to be fully vaccinated to enter the office, bosses can likely ease up on some other safety measures. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "How to Check If Your Boss’s Return-to-Office Plan Is Any Good," 3 May 2021 The addition of Pitts will ease the sting of potentially being forced to trade Julio Jones next month for salary cap relief. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Draft grades for all 32 teams," 2 May 2021 Restrictions would ease, allowing businesses to reopen and spend the money needed to restock and rehire — only for restrictions to be reinstated again. USA Today, "Crushing COVID left California with scars as it exits controversial shutdown," 2 May 2021 As more and more people get vaccinated, people can gradually ease precautions while cases continue to decline. Zoë Mclaren, Star Tribune, "The math that explains the end of the pandemic," 30 Apr. 2021 The retirement of Bustos could ease the redistricting process in Illinois, one of the few states where Democrats are in control. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Cheri Bustos, who headed the House Democratic campaign arm amid big 2020 losses, is retiring," 30 Apr. 2021 For her next book, Shipstead will ease up on the throttle. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, "A bestselling L.A. novelist was struggling to depict a female adventurer. So she became one," 29 Apr. 2021

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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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“Ease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ease. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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