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Dictionary Definition

ease

Noun

1 freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"; "they put it into containers for ease of transportation" [syn: easiness, simplicity] [ant: difficulty]
2 a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; "a life of luxury and ease"; "he had all the material comforts of this world" [syn: comfort]
3 the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease" [syn: relief]
4 freedom from constraint or embarrassment; "I am never at ease with strangers" [syn: informality]
5 freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); "took his repose by the swimming pool" [syn: rest, repose, relaxation]

Verb

1 move gently or carefully; "He eased himself into the chair"
2 lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your legs" [syn: comfort]
3 make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge" [syn: facilitate, alleviate]
4 lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears" [syn: still, allay, relieve]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From aise.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The state of being comfortable or free from stress.
    She enjoyed the ease of living in a house where the servants did all the work.
  2. Freedom from pain, worry, agitation, etc.
    His mind was at ease when he received his pension.
  3. Freedom from effort, difficulty or hardship.
    He passed all the exams with ease.
  4. Dexterity or facility.
    He played the organ with ease.
  5. Affluence and freedom from financial problems.
    After winning the jackpot, she lived a life of luxurious ease.
  6. Relaxation, rest and leisure.
    We took our ease on the patio.

Synonyms

Related terms

Translations

State of being comfortable or free from stress
Freedom from pain, worry, agitation, etc.
Freedom from effort, difficulty or hardship
Dexterity or facility
Affluence and freedom from financial problems
Relaxation, rest and leisure

Verb

  1. To free (something) from pain, worry, agitation, etc.
    He eased his conscience by confessing.
  2. To alleviate, assuage or lessen (pain).
    He loosened his shoe to ease the pain.
  3. To give respite to (someone).
    The provision of extra staff eased their workload.
  4. To loosen or slacken the tension on (something).
    We eased the rope, then lowered the sail.
  5. To reduce the difficulty of (something).
    We had to ease the entry requirements.
  6. To move (something) slowly and carefully.
    He eased the cork from the bottle.
  7. To lessen in severity.
    The pain eased overnight.
  8. To proceed with little effort.
    The car eased onto the motorway.

Synonyms

Translations

To free (something) from pain, worry, agitation, etc
To alleviate, assuage or lessen (pain)
To give respite to (someone)
To loosen or slacken the tension on (something)
To reduce the difficulty of (something)
To move (something) slowly and carefully
To lessen in severity
To proceed with little effort

Extensive Definition

Ease may refer to:
At Ease may refer to:
  • At Ease, a desktop environment for Macintosh computers
  • "At ease" (U.S.) or "Stand at ease" (UK) is a military parade command.

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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