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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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Getting to his ideal weight wasn’t as easy as chewing and swallowing. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Starring for UCLA was pie in the stomach, not sky, for Greg Dulcich," 10 Nov. 2020 Depending on the size of the tree and the type of vehicle, this could be as easy as tossing it into the bed of your truck, or as complicated as tying it to the roof of your car. oregonlive, "How to get your Christmas tree from an Oregon national forest," 9 Nov. 2020 Myles Garrett, tied for the NFL sack lead with Aaron Donald and wrecking games for opposing offenses with strip sacks, was too easy a pick. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Myles Garrett Browns’ unanimous MVP in cleveland.com’s half-season awards," 6 Nov. 2020 But getting elections right isn’t as easy as people think. Jeb Bush, WSJ, "How Florida Became America’s Vote-Counting Model," 6 Nov. 2020 So assembling the masks is not as easy as do-re-mi. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's 'Sound of Music' child star turns those famous movie curtains into face masks," 4 Nov. 2020 Identifying which mushrooms are safe to eat and which might pose health risks is rarely easy, and Hibbett encourages those interested in learning about fungi to join a local club. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch an Amazing Time-Lapse of Growing Mushrooms," 2 Nov. 2020 If this is too easy, do it in a full push-up position, with your knees off the floor. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Jessie Diggins's Killer 8-Minute Core Workout," 30 Oct. 2020 Things won’t be as easy in the new league, but as Bruno points out, UConn only lost 17 regular-season games from 1995-2013. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "‘Why wouldn’t you want a program of that caliber in your league?’ Now in the same conference as the UConn women, Big East coaches are excited for challenge — and relish the opportunity," 28 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb His former associates in the Connecticut Republican Party described Clark as an ambitious operative whose hard-charging style is tempered by an easy-going demeanor. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Justin Clark is the Connecticut native leading the legal assault on election results in states where Joe Biden is leading; the strategy aims to stop the counting of votes," 7 Nov. 2020 Bob Barker, with his warmth and easy-going style, helmed the show for 35 years. CBS News, ""The Price is Right" is returning with new safety measures, including no audience members," 24 Oct. 2020 Be careful with your words, and be vigilant about triple-checking your work until November 3, when Mercury stations direct in easy-going Libra. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 11 Oct. 2020 As part of her recovery, Somers had to stay motionless for several weeks after surgery, which did not come easy to the fitness enthusiast. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Suzanne Somers Reveals She Had Neck Surgery After an 'Unfortunate Fall' That Left Her in 'Tremendous Pain'," 7 Oct. 2020 Of feeling seen through media representation, Williams added that body positivity hasn’t always come easy to her. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams on Sticking Up for Women (Including Herself)," 6 Oct. 2020 Connecticut Landmarks' site administrators will take participants through making their evergreen wreath step-by-step, and share tips and tricks to make wreath making fun, fast, and easy from the comfort of home. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 30 Oct. 2020 Democrats countered that Republicans had concocted the hearing to pressure the companies into going easy on them before Election Day. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Republicans Blast Social Media C.E.O.s While Democrats Deride Hearing," 28 Oct. 2020 Bay Area residents can breathe easy: Although winds will carry smoke from the Creek Fire and other wildfires along the Sierra crest, air quality is expected to remain good throughout most of the region. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area can breathe easy: Region unlikely to notice smoke from Sierra fires," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of easy was in the 13th century

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14 Nov 2020

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“Easy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easy. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce easy (audio)

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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