Ease - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |iːz|  American pronunciation of the word ease
Brit.  |iːz|  British pronunciation of the word ease

noun

- freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort(syn: easiness, simpleness, simplicity)
- a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state(syn: comfort)
- the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)(syn: relief)
- freedom from constraint or embarrassment(syn: informality)
- freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility) (syn: relaxation, repose, rest)

verb

- move gently or carefully
- lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate(syn: comfort)
- make easier (syn: alleviate, facilitate)
- lessen the intensity of or calm(syn: allay, relieve, still)

Examples

...the sunburn medication brought me instant ease...

...a gymnast who can handle even the most demanding moves on the parallel bars with total ease...

trying to ease my troubled mind

The diplomats failed to ease tensions between the two nations.

Authorities are looking for ways to ease prison overcrowding.

The government is expected to ease travel restrictions.

He wanted a little ease after the agitation and exertions of the day.

A certain graceful ease marks him as a man who knows the world.

She rides a horse with ease.

This medicine will ease you of your pain.

The doctor is down there easing up the guys that got the hide burned off 'em.

Do write to your mother to ease her of her worry.

He could not well ease himself by cursing and swearing at Harry.

A priest has eased me of my sins.

Ease the boat round carefully, there's a strong wind.

Phrasal verbs

ease off  — become less intense
ease up  — move in order to make room for someone for something

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: ease
he/she/it: eases
present participle: easing
past tense: eased
past participle: eased
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