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

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 But within the fashion industry, experts — like law professor Christopher Sprigman — say the ease of copying is actually good for creativity. Cleo Abram, Vox, "Why this Gucci knockoff is totally legal," 14 Sep. 2018 One of the best reasons to own a trailer is the ease of it all. Fox News, "Tiny Trailers - Big Dreams," 7 Sep. 2018 Cybersecurity experts say privately that anyone who knows anything about the ease of auto and personal data hacking practices safe fob storage. Phoebe Wall Howard, ajc, "Why you might want to wrap your car key fob in foil," 8 July 2018 Cybersecurity experts say privately that anyone who knows anything about the ease of auto and personal data hacking practices safe fob storage. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Why you might want to wrap your car fob in foil," 6 July 2018 What the Cavs offer is comfort, familiarity, and the relative ease of the Eastern Conference. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Months Before LeBron's Free Agency, the Cavaliers Braced for the Worst," 29 June 2018 But keep it loose enough that the chain still moves from the second largest ring to the largest ring with ease when shifting. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Adjust a Bicycle Derailleur," 6 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In a rare sign of easing tensions, King Salman and Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, sat at the same sprawling table at Sunday’s opening session. Bouazza Bin Bouazza, The Seattle Times, "Arab League rejects Trump’s Israel policies at annual summit," 31 Mar. 2019 The question has started popping up all over social media, with many begging show creator Dan Fogelman and NBC to ease their minds and declare that, once and for all, the series will be continuing. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Getting Super Nervous That the Show May Not Be Renewed for Season 4," 5 Mar. 2019 Last month’s Pyeongchang Olympics sparked the first talks between the two Koreas that followed a flurry of cooperative steps taken to ease tensions during the Winter Games. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Trump warns 'world is watching' after North Korea says it's willing to give up nuclear weapons," 2 Oct. 2018 There are two sunset Adiago stretch sessions that aid to ease and restore your mind and body. Kara Ladd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Nosara, Costa Rica," 10 July 2018 Getting enough fiber helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, prevents certain cancers, eases constipation and keeps you feeling full for longer, which is helpful for weight management. Cara Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Ignore calories and BMI. Here are the health numbers that really matter.," 9 July 2018 The visit appears to be part of a coordinated effort to ease tensions between Russia and the United States, according to Dallas Morning News reporting. Mitch Mitchell, star-telegram, "Fort Worth Congresswoman Kay Granger in Moscow meeting with Russian officials," 3 July 2018 Parachute payments from the top flight are in place to ease the transition over three years, and with other departures looking likely to go through soon, Swansea should be okay. SI.com, "No Swanning Around: Why Playing Hardball Could Come Back to Haunt Swansea This Summer," 23 June 2018 The meetings will be the first to occur since 2015, as the two Koreas continue to try and ease tensions amid the North's commitment to denuclearization. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Reunions for families separated by Korean War to resume in August," 22 June 2018

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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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