\ 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

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


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.


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

Back in those days, the easiest way to travel to the amusement park just off Kellogg Avenue exit on I-275 was by riding the Island Queen. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "This Cincinnati neighborhood has gone to Coney Island together for 103 years," 14 July 2019 There wasn’t an easy way to get rid of the Styrofoam. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Using fungi, UAA team develops biodegradable insulation for shipping Alaska seafood," 14 July 2019 Heating items to 120 degrees for 30 minutes or more is perhaps the easiest way to rid yourself of any unwanted travelers. * Vacuum luggage and place empty suitcases into large garbage bags for storage, preferably in a garage or basement. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "‘Is this a bedbug?’ What to do when your child texts you from France with an entomology question," 14 July 2019 The summit is an easy way to promote what Trump hopes will be a wedge issue in 2020: that social media outlets have supposedly joined traditional publishers in working against Trump and his supporters. Kat Borgerding, Vox, "Recode Daily: How Amazon is preparing its workforce for robots," 12 July 2019 Kendall Jenner proves that stacking on the basics – like a black turtleneck, khaki pants, and a button-up – is the easiest way to make your favorite piece of leather look casual-chic. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "15 Genius Ways You Should Be Wearing Your Leather Jacket for Fall," 12 July 2019 Typically, the easiest way for a meme to move from internet fodder to money-maker is through merch. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme Movie Curse," 12 July 2019 What is more, Dr Lynch’s method provides an easy way to monitor the situation. The Economist, "Contrary to the fears of some, penguins and people do mix," 11 July 2019 One way to turn that skid around would be an upgrade at first base over the aging Daniel Murphy, and the easiest way to do that would be a mega-deal for Abreu, who would instantly upgrade the Rockies’ lineup. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Best Possible Deal for Every National League Team Before the Trade Deadline," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

As Sano stated, there’s no real downside to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, going easy on alcohol, and refraining from smoking cigarettes. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? Here’s What the Latest Research Says," 15 July 2019 Some of the bill’s critics have questioned whether the CPUC will go easy on the utilities, saying the commission has a history of being too accommodating to industry. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California lawmakers race to pass wildfire legislation by July 12," 4 July 2019 The need to go easy on money has also forced Indians to explore non-hotel stay options. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "High airfares ruined summer vacation plans for many Indians," 19 June 2019 Advice to a woman with a broken heart: Go easy on yourself, and take your time to heal. Patricia Arquette, Marie Claire, "Patricia Arquette Admires State Politicians and Loves McDonalds' French Fries," 17 June 2019 Even so, the three-time Women’s World Cup champions had no desire to go easy on a lesser opponent in their opening game. Anne M. Peterson, courant.com, "Morgan has 5 goals as US routs Thailand 13-0," 11 June 2019 To go easy on Thailand, even later in the game, would have been a cop-out, and could come back to haunt the U.S. later in the tournament. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: US women did what was necessary in 13-0 blowout of Thailand," 31 May 2019 Having returned to work weeks after giving birth to her first child in June 2018, Eva Longoria arguably makes balancing motherhood and a career look easy. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Eva Longoria Opens Up About the 'Hard' Balance of Work and Motherhood: 'You Just Do It'," 27 June 2019 Think thin, think soft, think simple, think easy, with the emphasis on your eyes and your skin. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Revisiting Judith Krantz’s “Scruples,” a Novel with a Passion for Clothes," 26 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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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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