- freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort: to enjoy one's ease.
- freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind: to be at ease about one's health.
- freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility: It can be done with ease.
- freedom from financial need; plenty: a life of ease on a moderate income.
- freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness: ease of manner; the ease and elegance of her poetry.
- to free from anxiety or care: to ease one's mind.
- to mitigate, lighten, or lessen: to ease pain.
- to release from pressure, tension, or the like.
- to move or shift with great care: to ease a car into a narrow parking space.
- to render less difficult; facilitate: I'll help if it will ease your job.
- to provide (an architectural member) with an easement.
- Shipbuilding. to trim (a timber of a wooden hull) so as to fair its surface into the desired form of the hull.
- to bring (the helm or rudder of a vessel) slowly amidships.
- to bring the head of (a vessel) into the wind.
- to slacken or lessen the hold upon (a rope).
- to lessen the hold of (the brake of a windlass).
- to abate in severity, pressure, tension, etc. (often followed by off or up).
- to become less painful, burdensome, etc.
- to move, shift, or be moved or be shifted with great care.
- ease out, to remove from a position of authority, a job, or the like, especially by methods intended to be tactful: He was eased out as division head to make way for the boss's nephew.
- at ease, Military. a position of rest in which soldiers may relax but may not leave their places or talk.
Origin of ease
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Examples from the Web for easing
At every turn, they described their son as a faithful follower who had dedicated his life to easing the suffering of innocents.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
November 17, 2014
An easing of tensions between al Qaeda and ISIS presents dangers for America in its military campaign in the Levant.Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say
September 24, 2014
It was 1997, one of those rare times when the ruthless reign of the ayatollahs appeared to be easing up.How Jon Stewart Discovered Naked Iran
September 7, 2014
Why not let him cut loose and go all Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa, instead of easing his way out of something a bit grimier?Meet Vincent McKenna, Your New Favorite Bill Murray Character
September 6, 2014
Or Moscow could stop cooperating on international sanctions on Iran, easing pressure on Tehran and helping Russian businesses.Obama Gambles Iran Nuke Talks to Punish Putin
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
March 21, 2014
This signifies more than the stilling of guns, easing the sorrow of war.
For the easing of his soul, he asked me to pay the money to you as I passed.'The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
They caught the Indian carriers, who were just easing their loads under the walls.The Trail Book
While doing it, too, with the purpose of easing and serving her.Little Dorrit
I am easing my mind, I must speak out, since I have found strength enough to do so.His Masterpiece
- freedom from discomfort, worry, or anxiety
- lack of difficulty, labour, or awkwardness; facility
- rest, leisure, or relaxation
- freedom from poverty or financial embarrassment; affluencea life of ease
- lack of restraint, embarrassment, or stiffnesshis ease of manner disarmed us
- at ease military
- (of a standing soldier, etc) in a relaxed position with the feet apart and hands linked behind the back
- a command to adopt such a position
- in a relaxed attitude or frame of mind
- to make or become less burdensome
- (tr) to relieve (a person) of worry or care; comfort
- (tr) to make comfortable or give rest to
- (tr) to make less difficult; facilitate
- to move or cause to move into, out of, etc, with careful manipulationto ease a car into a narrow space
- (when intr, often foll by off or up) to lessen or cause to lessen in severity, pressure, tension, or strain; slacken, loosen, or abate
- ease oneself or ease nature archaic, euphemistic to urinate or defecate
- ease the helm nautical to relieve the pressure on the rudder of a vessel, esp by bringing the bow into the wind
Word Origin and History for easing
c.1300, "to help, assist," see ease (n.). Meaning "to give ease" is from mid-14c.; the sense of "to relax one's efforts" is from 1863. Farmer reports ease in a slang sense of "to content a woman" sexually, with an 1861 date. Related: Eased; easing.
early 13c., from Old French aise "comfort, pleasure, well-being; opportunity," of unknown origin, despite attempts to link it to various Latin verbs.
The earliest senses in French appear to be 1. "elbow-room" (from an 11th century Hebrew-French glossary) and 2. "opportunity." This led Sophus Bugge to suggest an origin in Vulgar Latin asa, a shortened form of Latin ansa "handle," which could be used in the figurative sense of "opportunity, occasion," as well as being a possible synonym for "elbow," because Latin ansatus "furnished with handles" also was used to mean "having the arms akimbo." OED editors report this theory, and write, "This is not very satisfactory, but it does not appear that any equally plausible alternative has yet been proposed."