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

Android P — officially known as Android 9 Pie — was always going to be the easy one. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What will Google call Android 10 Q?," 6 May 2019 Unfortunately, eradicating the problems associated with food deserts isn’t as easy as giving the people who live in them access to supermarkets. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 The past several years have not been easy for the Brown family. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Rain Brown Gets Candid About Her Struggle With Depression," 28 Apr. 2019 Waking up before dawn wasn’t (and still isn’t) easy, but having some financial incentives helped motivate me to commit to this routine early on. Julia Sullivan, SELF, "How I Went From Hating Exercise to Becoming a Fitness Instructor in 5 Years," 3 May 2019 Even public transportation doesn’t necessarily make things easier all the time. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 Together, Fosse and Verdon achieved enormous success and renown, but that isn't to say that their relationship was easy. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's Relationship," 17 Apr. 2019 But for all its marketability, the path to pixie prosperity hasn’t been easy. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Forget Poppies, Ojai’s Pixie Season Is the California Nature Event to Know," 10 Apr. 2019 Choosing California as the wedding locale was easy. Ryan Ray, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bride Found Her Gown One Month Before Her Absolutely Stunning Vineyard Wedding," 2 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Now, however, a handful of digital-health startups are bucking that longtime trend, offering consumers easy and affordable services that don’t require the involvement of doctors or insurance companies. WSJ, "Venture Investors Bet $50 Million on Test-Kit Startup EverlyWell," 16 Apr. 2019 Those boy wizards down the street can breathe easy. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Sleights of Hand With Cards, Coins and a Colander," 26 June 2018 While Friday turned out to close on the upside, no one is breathing easy. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Wall Street swings down 500, up 500 Friday ... so what's next?," 10 Feb. 2018 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

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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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