\ 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

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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

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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 Snowflake’s software enables organizations to manage and analyze large quantities and diverse types of data across public clouds such as Amazon’s AWS in a single, easy-to-use platform. Trefis Team, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 And Joan Smith of Rancho Meladuco has her own bricks-and-mortar store in Newport Beach with an easy-to-remember name: the Date Shop. Christian Reynoso, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Sauced with a little nasturtium butter, this fish dish is easy, beautiful and wonderfully aromatic. Deb Wandell, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 This model comes with easy-to-use software to facilitate the simple customization of 3D models. Chris Hachey, BGR, 6 Oct. 2021 An easy-to-prescribe pill that prevents mild and moderate cases of COVID-19 would be important in the fight against the virus. Julie Washington, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 Alongside the easy-to-learn choreography—well ahead of TikTok times—the song itself is not your typical bubblegum pop song. Lai Frances, Glamour, 4 Oct. 2021 The direct-to-consumer company started as Solo Stove, a maker and seller of easy-to-use fire pits and camp stoves for the outdoors crowd. Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2021 Carlisle Floyd, a composer who melded lyrical melodies and easy-on-the-ear harmonies with his own librettos to create several of the most enduring works in the American opera repertory, died Sept. 30 at his home in Tallahassee. Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The idea was easy-going elegance, just relaxing in an Italian garden. Vogue, 7 Oct. 2021 The chair, with feedback from others, observed that Carlos’s informality, easy-going approach and tendency to miss deadlines was not setting him up for success in his new role. Antonia Bowring, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Three engine grid penalties and a crash at WWT Raceway that pushed the most carefree driver on the grid to his limit and made for less than a simple, easy-going season. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Sep. 2021 For the customers who spent hours hunting for cheap CDs at the indie record store -- the largest in LA during the 1990s -- these changes aren't personal, Johnson, an easy-going extrovert and gifted communicator, will explain. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 23 Sep. 2021 Israelis have an easy-going fashion sense that doesn’t much stick out in a crowd. Rory Jones, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2021 Online, Haralson's former teammates paid tribute to him, with many remembering his smile and easy-going attitude. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Instead of lobbying for a new deal publicly, the easy-going Smythe will leave it up to the Dolphins’ front office to decide based on his performance in 2021. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, 5 June 2021 Far from the easy-going hipster culture often associated with craft breweries, many of the anonymous posts described women being condescended to, taken advantage of and subjected to verbal and physical harassment. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, 1 June 2021

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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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“Easy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easy. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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