Meaning of EASE in English


I. ˈēz noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English ese, from Old French aise comfort, opportunity, from Latin adjacent-, adjacens neighboring place, from adjacent-, adjacens, present participle of adjacēre to lie near — more at adjacent

1. : the state of being comfortable: as

a. : freedom from pain or discomfort

with all the ease of wearing an old, comfortable … dressing gown — H.V.Gregory

a special seat mounting for ease in riding — Motor Transportation in the West

b. : freedom from care or worry : tranquillity , security

ease of mind

there is ease in the family and in the village — Abram Kardiner

c. : freedom from labor, effort, inconvenience, or burden : relaxation

shallow waters where she could swim with ease — Agnes Repplier

she took her ease on Sunday

d. : freedom from embarrassment, constraint, or formality : naturalness

he experiences ease among his friends

with an ease of manner sportsmen are apt to have — A.W.Long

2. : relief from or mitigation of discomfort, pain, constraint, or obligation

the medicine brought almost instant ease

there seemed to him to be no ease from the burdens of life

3. : facility , effortlessness

she rides a horse with ease

especially : stylistic smoothness in literary or artistic expression

the ease and polish of the best 18th century English prose


a. : easement 3

b. : an allowance of fullness that is usually placed across the back shoulders, over the bust, and about the hips in a garment to permit free motion of the body

5. : an act of easing (as of a restriction) or state of being eased (as of a market)

credit ease tends to promote buying

especially : a lowering trend in prices

the grain market showed considerable ease last week

Synonyms: see rest

- at ease

II. verb

( eased ; eased ; easing ; eases )

Etymology: Middle English esen, from Old French aaisier & aisier; Old French aaisier from a- (from Latin ad- ) + aisier, from aise, n.

transitive verb


a. : to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens : relieve especially from toil or care

eased and comforted the sick

— usually used with of

let him ease you of your troubles

b. obsolete : to provide with food and lodging : entertain

c. : to take something away from easily : rob

a pickpocket slipped up and eased him of his purse

2. : to take away : lessen , alleviate

took an aspirin to ease the pain

we cannot ease taxes while every special interest demands more money


a. : to lessen the pressure or tension of (as by slackening, lifting, or shifting)

ease the spring gently

: adjust by gradual movements so as to relieve strain or avoid injury or damage

easing himself into his chair

: maneuver gently or carefully

they eased the heavy block into position

— often used with a directional word

ease in that line

ease your clutch in slowly

he eased the bolt in carefully

b. : to moderate or reduce especially in amount, intensity, or rate of performance

easing the flow from the faucet until he could hear what she said

: make more gentle, gradual, or slow

eased his climb with a brief rest by the side of the path

often : to cause to slow down or stop

ease the car down to 20 miles an hour on this curve

c. : to adjust (fullness in a garment) by pulling, gathering, or pleating so that a longer and a shorter part join smoothly ; broadly : to provide (a garment) with requisite ease

4. : to make less difficult : facilitate


a. : to bring (a ship) into position to meet a wave bow on (as by putting the helm alee or by regulating the sails)

b. : to let (a helm or rudder) come back a little after having been put hard over

intransitive verb

1. : to give freedom or relief (as from pain or discomfort) : lessen pain or oppressiveness

a hot bath often eases and relaxes

2. : to move or pass with freedom from abruptness or awkwardness or with little resistance — sometimes used with a directional word (as along, over )

3. : moderate , slacken , diminish ; also : stop , desist — now usually used with an expletive (as off, up )

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