easy

adjective
\ 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

easy

adverb
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

Adjective

easiness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for easy

Adjective

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

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

It’s much easier to obligate private citizens to spend their own money rather than to properly manage public lands. ... WSJ, "Protect Homes by Managing Forests to Prevent Fires," 2 Apr. 2019 Instead of making individual sweets, press this classic candy into a loaf pan and coat with pistachios for an easy spring treat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Divinity Candy," 7 Mar. 2019 Reprogramming the blade's colors is easy, too, should your Ultra Saber come built with a programmable light array. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you," 25 Dec. 2018 The Masquerade, this mandate that humans must not find out about vampires, was a lot easier to maintain. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening," 21 Mar. 2019 On the patio, opt for arrangements of succulents and other desert-friendly flora to keep maintenance as easy as can be. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 What’s left are desolate, uninhabited stretches of border where construction logistics are difficult, crossing is difficult, and the Border Patrol’s detection work is relatively easy. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shutdown is intractable because Trump’s wall is ridiculous and Republicans know it," 8 Jan. 2019 Of course, Shawn Mendes is much easier to say and put on CDs. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "9 Super Fun Shawn Mendes Facts Every True Fan Should Commit to Memory," 13 Feb. 2019 Plan ahead — tickets are easiest to obtain in a one- or two-night package deal that includes hotel, ticket, dinner and a shuttle (www.passionsspiele-oberammergau.de). Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "What’s new in Germany and the Low Countries for 2019," 23 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Having most recently had platinum blonde hair, the transition to a pastel bluish green shade must've been pretty easy. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Debuts Icy Blue Hair for New Year's Eve, Along with $50,570 Earrings," 31 Dec. 2018 Furnishing the space wasn’t as easy as moving what was in their Cliff May home to the new house, even with double the square footage. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "‘It was midcentury time capsule-meets-1980s’," 17 Dec. 2018 Infidelity is so easy now, and it’s poisoning marriages. Sean Illing, Vox, "A divorce lawyer’s guide to staying together," 3 Dec. 2018 Slide them out of their skins and mash or slice them up (which is super easy now), then use them in place of cut, peeled squash. Ashley Mason, Bon Appetit, "Whole Roasting Is the Secret Best Way to Make Squash on a Weeknight," 2 Mar. 2018 The danger is that these easy-money policies could fuel destabilizing bubbles in real estate and other asset markets. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "A Central Banking Domino Effect Is in Motion," 21 Mar. 2019 Plenty of local grocery stores, like Whole Foods, have made purchasing these teeny plants as easy as picking up your weekly groceries. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "PSA: Costco Is Selling Entire Succulent Gardens for $20," 13 Feb. 2019 The moisture in the fabric makes pressing really easy. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 There’s no quick, plug-and-play solution or set of four easy steps that will make the new year easy and uncomplicated. SELF, "I'm a Personal Trainer but Here's Why You'll Never Hear Me Say 'New Year, New You'," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of easy

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for easy

Adjective

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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easy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of easy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not hard to do : not difficult
: free from pain, trouble, or worry
: not hurried

easy

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of easy (Entry 2 of 2)

: without difficulty or stress

easy

adjective
\ 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

easy

adverb

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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