easy

adjective
\ ˈē-zē \
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

To make its screen easier to understand, Amazon added icons for books or electronics or beauty products. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Amazon, to Win in Booming Rural India, Reinvents Itself," 31 Dec. 2018 But thankfully, there’s a big ecosystem of third-party apps that perform these tasks, and Moom is far and away the easiest to use. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The first 11 apps to install on your new Mac," 27 Dec. 2018 That didn’t make the moment when Joe finally did kill Beck any easier to watch, even for someone like me, who enjoys audacious twists. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "You, now streaming on Netflix, tilts the rom-com into postmodern horror," 27 Dec. 2018 Good Leadership is so often difficult to define but is easy to recognize. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Read the Speech Prince William Delivered at the Sovereign's Parade," 14 Dec. 2018 YouTuber Elise Berns breaks down the arm-knitting technique in a way that's super easy to understand. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "5 Easy DIY Tutorials for That Viral Chunky Knit Blanket," 12 Dec. 2018 While all of the looks should prove easy to DIY, Kendall's take on the trend is especially ready for replication. Zoë Weiner, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Wore Green Negative-Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 13 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, getting around on secondary roads wasn't easy either especially when semis get stuck. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Winter Storm Bruce Is Heading to the Northeast After Pounding the Midwest," 26 Nov. 2018 Relationships are hard and love isn’t always easy but thank you Jesus for showing me how! Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin's New Necklace Will Inspire You to Shop Personalized Jewelry," 25 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Everly has made it pretty easy, so hopefully Santa and her parents are paying close attention. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Everly Tatum's Christmas List Is So Much Better Than Yours," 28 Nov. 2018 Running onto Ever Banega's lovely ball over the top, Messi made the difficult look incredibly easy. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Best Goals of the 2018 World Cup Group Stage," 29 June 2018 The rubberized, two-position nosepiece made fit adjustments easy, and the hydrophobic temple pieces provided grip. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "8 New Riding Sunglasses for Summer," 13 June 2018 Yet President Trump this year let ZTE off easy after it was caught repeatedly violating U.S. sanctions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Education of Huawei," 6 Dec. 2018 There's a hot tub, too, but the real perks here are the proximity to the imposing Mount Esja for hikes (there are trails easy enough for the kids to trek), just 20 minutes away, and open skies perfect for nighttime Northern Lights viewing. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Airbnbs in Reykjavík," 9 Aug. 2018 But go easy on the romance of Chau and his messy, martyred end. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "Death of a Missionary," 25 Nov. 2018 Pie iron: Kids love to cook over the fire, and a square pie iron ($17.99) can make gooey desserts, toasted sandwiches, and hot breakfast easy. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Her skin is always the star, but L.A.'s 83-degree weather tonight didn't make things easy, Simkin says. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Issa Rae's Emmys Glow Was All Thanks to This $10 Highlighter," 17 Sep. 2018

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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 \
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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