ease

noun
\ 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

ease

verb
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

Noun

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

alleviation, comfort, release, relief

Synonyms: Verb

facilitate, grease, loosen (up), smooth, unclog

Antonyms: Verb

complicate

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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

The company has also listened to complaints about ease of servicing the GS63 and GS65. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI's GS75 Stealth is one stupidly thin and light 17-inch gaming laptop," 8 Jan. 2019 In front of me, an octogenarian dipped her paddle into the water with the ease of an Olympian. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "Feeling the fire with the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club," 19 June 2018 Thanks to an expandable zippered pocket, the Scope goes from medium (24 liters) to large (36 liters) with ease. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 May 2019 Wear it with golf pants, like these from Bonobos, or go bold with a madras checkered print to transition from the course to backyard barbecue with ease. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "10 Outfits Every Man Should Wear This Summer," 18 Apr. 2019 On Tuesday Vice President Mike Pence met with several GOP Senators ahead of a vote on the override resolution that passed the House with ease. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Emergency Exit," 12 Mar. 2019 Mbappe has led PSG’s attack with ease in the absence of Edinson Cavani and Neymar. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Mbappe scores 20th league goal as PSG routs Montpellier 5-1," 20 Feb. 2019 Courtesy of Carly Leahy My hair is usually braided off to the side for ease. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Carly Leahy, Co-Founder of Modern Fertility," 8 Apr. 2019 Up-to-There Minis There’s much to be said about the casual, cool ease of a caftan or a pantsuit, but the idea of wearing a genuinely hot miniskirt—and not with sneakers!—suddenly feels fresh. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest Street-Style Trends of Fall 2019," 13 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The good news is that rate cuts would ease fears of bad loans. Matt Egan, CNN, "Wall Street is clamoring for rate cuts. Banks not so much," 6 June 2019 Perhaps someday, the proliferation of AirPods and other wireless earbuds—and the habit of keeping them in all day—could ease some of that pain, Logan says. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time," 5 June 2019 Earlier this year, the government began easing restrictions in the area. Washington Post, "Baghdad’s Green Zone reopens to the public," 5 June 2019 Get physical – walk, exercise, do yoga – whatever helps to strengthen your body and ease your mind. Hospice Cincinnati, Cincinnati.com, "Caring for the caregiver: Why self-care is essential," 5 June 2019 The rules target the primary ways Americans travel to the island nation, which was closed to most U.S. travelers for decades until former President Barack Obama eased travel restrictions in 2016. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "It Just Got a Lot Harder for Americans to Travel to Cuba. Here's What to Know," 5 June 2019 Two bills that would have eased the difficulty of buying and registering silencers — the SHARE Act and the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 — were introduced in the last Congress. NBC News, "Virginia Beach shooter killed 12 using silencer and high-capacity magazine. Now, lawmakers might look at both.," 4 June 2019 All sides, including officials from Mexico meeting with Trump negotiators in Washington this week, remain hopeful that high-level talks will ease the president away from his threat. Darlene Superville, The Denver Post, "GOP lawmakers warn White House they’ll try to block Trump’s Mexico tariffs," 4 June 2019 All sides, including officials from Mexico meeting with Trump negotiators in Washington this week, remain hopeful that high-level talks will ease the president away from his threat. chicagotribune.com, "GOP senators warn Trump over Mexico tariffs. He says they'd be 'foolish' to try to stop him.," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of ease

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for ease

Noun

Middle English ese, from Anglo-French eise, aise convenience, comfort, ultimately from Latin adjacent-, adjacens neighboring — more at adjacent

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More Definitions for ease

ease

noun

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

ease

verb

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

ease

noun
\ 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.

ease

verb
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.

ease

verb
\ 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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