Ease - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


- freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort (syn: easiness, simpleness, simplicity)
he rose through the ranks with apparent ease
they put it into containers for ease of transportation
- a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state (syn: comfort)
a life of luxury and ease
- the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress) (syn: relief)
getting it off his conscience gave him some ease
- freedom from constraint or embarrassment (syn: informality)
I am never at ease with strangers
- freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility) (syn: relaxation, repose, rest)


- move gently or carefully
He eased himself into the chair
- lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate (syn: comfort)
ease the pain in your legs
- make easier (syn: alleviate, facilitate)
- lessen the intensity of or calm (syn: allay, relieve, still)
The news eased my conscience

Extra 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...

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.

He had a natural ease which made him very popular.

Phrasal verbs

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

Word forms

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