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easy

adjective \ ˈē-zē \

Definition of easy

easier; easiest
1 a :causing or involving little difficulty or discomfort
  • within easy reach
b :requiring or indicating little effort, thought, or reflection
  • easy clichés
2 a :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
3 a :marked by peace and comfort
  • the easy life of a courtier
b :not hurried or strenuous
  • an easy pace
4 a :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
5 a :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

easiness

noun

Examples of easy in a Sentence

  1. It's surprisingly easy to use.

  2. It was an easy decision to make.

  3. They scored an easy goal late in the game.

  4. It wasn't easy for her to leave home.

  5. There are no easy solutions to this problem.

  6. He's had an easy life.

  7. This new schedule should make our lives easier.

  8. I hope this will make things easier for you.

  9. I won't feel easy until I know that she arrived safely.

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Origin and Etymology of easy

Middle English esy, from Anglo-French eisé, aasié, past participle of eiser, aaisier to ease, from a- ad- (from Latin ad-) + eise ease

Synonym Discussion of easy

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

synonyms see in addition comfortable


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easy

adverb

Definition of easy

easier; easiest
1 :easily 1
  • promises come easy
2 :without undue speed or excitement
  • take it easy
3 a :without worry or care
  • rest easy
b :without a severe penalty
  • got off easy
c :without violent movement
  • the boat rode easy
4 :easily 2
  • cost $500 easy

Examples of easy in a Sentence

  1. He just wants to take life easy now.

  2. we can make the trip in four hours easy

Recent Examples of easy from the Web

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First Known Use of easy

14th century


EASY Defined for English Language Learners

easy

adjective

Definition of easy for English Language Learners

  • : not hard to do : not difficult

  • : free from pain, trouble, or worry

  • : not hurried


easy

adverb

Definition of easy for English Language Learners

  • : without difficulty or stress


EASY Defined for Kids

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easy

adjective \ ˈē-zē \

Definition of easy for Students

easier; easiest
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 1
  • In easy state upon this couch, there sat a jolly Giant …
  • —Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
5 :showing ease :natural
  • an easy manner

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easy

adverb

Definition of easy for Students

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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