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

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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

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 The breakthrough came after Union defender Neven Subotic clumsily brought down Leon Goretzka to concede a penalty which the deadly Lewandowski converted with ease. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Bayern sinks minnow Union Berlin on Bundesliga resumption," 17 May 2020 The ovens are equipped with lava stone and can hold 800- to 1,000-degree temperatures with ease, allowing the pizzas to be cooked in 90 seconds with fiery thin crusts dotted with the appropriate amounts of speckled char. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Dough Pizzeria Napoletana restaurant delivers pepperoni pie worth a drive," 15 May 2020 Unlike Wiseman, Okongwu can shuttle between multiple positions with ease. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors mailbag: What is the window to acquire Giannis Antetokounmpo?," 13 May 2020 Guiney, along with other members of the executive team and crew, attended Dublin's Trinity College, like the show's main characters Connell and Marianne, and filmed around the campus's library and stone paths with ease. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Location: Bouncing from Ireland to Italy to Sweden with the Cast of ‘Normal People’," 29 Apr. 2020 Here are our tips on how to cut your next head of cauliflower with ease. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Easily Cut Cauliflower into Every Shape (Without a Mess)," 29 Apr. 2020 Fotu uses his long arms and the overwhelming power in his hands to control blockers with ease. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Best fits available for the Cowboys in the 2020 NFL draft," 25 Apr. 2020 By the time remote learning started for Morgan County Schools on Monday, Ness was able to slip her kids’ schooling into their schedule with ease. al, "Here’s how Alabama parents teach during the pandemic," 21 Apr. 2020 Across the rest of the coronavirus tree, branches spread across the globe with ease. Katherine S. Xue, The New Yorker, "What Viral Evolution Can Teach Us About the Coronavirus Pandemic," 19 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the state’s three most-populous counties — Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas — have not been approved to start easing their restrictions. oregonlive, "Where do things stand with Oregon high school sports? FAQs as facilities reopen, summer approaches, fall plans remain murky," 23 May 2020 Things slowed down in April, once the initial panic eased. The Economist, "A nimble beast Walmart ekes out an edge in groceries during the pandemic," 23 May 2020 But wholesale beef and pork prices, which had doubled since early April, are starting to ease as plants reopen. Houston Chronicle, "Scared and sick, U.S. meat workers crowd into reopened plants," 22 May 2020 But tensions have been building on a bigger scale now that government officials around the country are starting to ease restrictions. Michelle Boorstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Catholics and Lutherans in Minnesota plan to buck their state’s governor and reopen churches May 26," 22 May 2020 The Arc of Illinois called on the state to increase funding for small community settings and move residents out of the centers once the pandemic has eased. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, "More Than 1 in 5 Illinoisans Living in State Homes for Adults With Disabilities Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus," 22 May 2020 Perez, who is diabetic and uninsured, explained that eased sheltering restrictions have allowed him to resume work laying carpet with three co-workers. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, "He treats Oakland's vulnerable. Now, his future is on the line," 21 May 2020 That’s because even though Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has started to ease restrictions and reopen the economy, the ban on most gatherings of 10 or more people remains in effect, leaving entertainment venues closed until further notice. cleveland, "Blossom Music Center season lawn passes canceled, fans to receive refunds," 20 May 2020 New infections and deaths have slowed considerably in Europe, where some countries started easing lockdowns a month ago. Geir Moulson And Derek Gatopoulos, The Christian Science Monitor, "As pandemic ebbs, Europe slowly reopens for summer," 18 May 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Ease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ease. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce ease (audio)

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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