\ 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 Brewing a cup of coffee—and saving some money—has never been easier. CNN Underscored, "The best Cyber Monday deals to shop on Amazon," 2 Dec. 2019 For those living in rural areas without transportation to bigger cities that offer more shopping choices, a dollar store can make life easier. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "Dollar store wants to infiltrate popular Up North vacation spot — and town fights back," 2 Dec. 2019 Walt Disney Animation's family favorite Frozen 2 skated to another easy win during its second weekend at China's box office, taking in $26.7 million from Friday to Sunday. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China Box Office: 'Frozen 2' Climbs Toward $100M, 'Knives Out' Nabs $13.5M," 2 Dec. 2019 Power Our i9-10980XE test rig was a lot easier to share an office with than the competing Threadripper 3970x rig. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Intel Core i9-10980XE—a step forward for AI, a step back for everything else," 26 Nov. 2019 Taking a trip down memory lane during a family gathering has never been easier! The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Tested: ibi Photo Manager," 26 Nov. 2019 However, taming the giant won’t come easy for its leader. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Can Paytm make every cent of its $1 billion funding round really count?," 25 Nov. 2019 It’s easier to decide when hunting with Winchester. Anchorage Daily News, "Hunting trails don’t always end in obvious places, but they all have turning points," 23 Nov. 2019 Making things easier for them, as has been the case all year, is that this team’s defense is absolutely stacked. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "This is when Tom Brady and the Patriots are at their very best," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The kitchen didn’t go easy on the fish sauce or lemony rau ram (that’s cilantro’s spicy cousin), making the salad wonderfully pungent. San Francisco Chronicle, "Does a restaurant celebrating French colonialism belong in San Francisco?," 20 Sep. 2019 Apply a topical steroid (or whatever medication your derm has prescribed) as directed and try to take it easy. Sara Coughlin, SELF, "9 Tips for Managing a Psoriasis Flare-Up That Dermatologists Swear By," 5 Nov. 2019 That won’t come easy, as the Minutemen are off to a hot start on the strength of two strong defensive performances. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school football: Week 3 predictions," 12 Sep. 2019 Tran went easy on the aural effects—less sound bath than sound spritz. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "For Common, Self-Care Is the New Black," 10 Sep. 2019 That was 5 points in the first 43 seconds for Antetokounmpo — but nothing came easy the rest of the way, as the US team used no fewer than five different defenders on him at times. Tim Reynolds, BostonGlobe.com, "US tops Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece at World Cup," 7 Sep. 2019 But few of his competitors went easy on Biden — not Harris, not Cory Booker, not Bill de Blasio, not Julian Castro. CBS News, "Top takeaways from Wednesday night's Democratic primary debate," 1 Aug. 2019 Job security like that does not come easy in this town. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Rick and Morty creators give first season 4 interview," 17 July 2019 The chemistry of mead making seems to come easy: Carl has a Ph.D. Brian, who worked in the software business, finished Brecksville High School in three years and obtained a degree from Cleveland State in two. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Feisty Brood Meadery growing in Northfield," 3 June 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Easy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easy. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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