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ease  (iːz



  1. freedom from discomfort, worry, or anxiety
  2. lack of difficulty, labour, or awkwardness; facility
  3. rest, leisure, or relaxation
  4. freedom from poverty or financial embarrassment; affluence   ⇒ a life of ease
  5. lack of restraint, embarrassment, or stiffness   ⇒ his ease of manner disarmed us
  6. See at ease


  1. to make or become less burdensome
  2. (transitive) to relieve (a person) of worry or care; comfort
  3. (transitive) to make comfortable or give rest to
  4. (transitive) to make less difficult; facilitate
  5. to move or cause to move into, out of, etc, with careful manipulation   ⇒ to ease a car into a narrow space
  6. when intr, often foll by off or up to lessen or cause to lessen in severity, pressure, tension, or strain; slacken, loosen, or abate
  7. See ease oneself

  8. See ease the helm

Derived Forms

ˈeaser  noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French aise ease, opportunity, from Latin adjacēns neighbouring (area); see adjacent


View thesaurus entry
= straightforwardness, simplicity, readiness
= naturalness, informality, freedom, liberty, unaffectedness, unconstraint, unreservedness, relaxedness
= move carefully, edge, guide, slip, inch, slide, creep, squeeze, steer, manoeuvre
= facilitate, further, aid, forward, smooth, assist, speed up, simplify, fast-track, make easier, expedite, lessen the labour of

Translations for 'ease'

  • British English: ease If something unpleasant eases or if you ease it, it is reduced in degree, speed, or intensity. VERBTensions had eased.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: diminuir
  • Chinese: 减缓减減缓緩
  • European Spanish: calmarse
  • French: diminuer
  • German: nachlassen
  • Italian: attenuare
  • Japanese: 和らげる/和らぐ
  • Korean: 완화되다
  • Portuguese: diminuir
  • Spanish: calmarse

Example Sentences Including 'ease'

The soldiers looked down on them, still with their rifles but at ease.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
Three hours in the saddle had done much to ease the tension.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
It's all about how you can use New Age thinking to ease away the stresses of modern living.
Scarlett Thomas GOING OUT (2002)


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