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RELATED WORDS

reduce, slow, constrain, subdue, slacken, wane, subside, lessen, mitigate, modify, alleviate, decrease, abate, diminish, curb, soften, temper, cool, unwind, recline

Nearby words

earwig, earwigging, earwitness, earworm, eas, ease, ease off, ease out, easeful, easefully, easel

Idioms

    at ease, Military. a position of rest in which soldiers may relax but may not leave their places or talk.

Origin of ease

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English ese, eise < Anglo-French ese, Old French aise, eise comfort, convenience < Vulgar Latin *adjace(m), accusative of *adjacēs vicinity (compare Medieval Latin in aiace in (the) vicinity), the regular outcome of Latin adjacēns adjacent, taken in VL as a noun of the type nūbēs, accusative nūbem cloud; (v.) Middle English esen < Anglo-French e(i)ser, Old French aisier, derivative of the noun
SYNONYMS FOR ease
Related formsself-ease, nounself-eas·ing, adjectivewell-eased, adjective

Synonym study

1. Ease, comfort refer to a sense of relaxation or of well-being. Ease implies a relaxed condition with an absence of effort or pressure: a life of ease. Comfort suggests a sense of well-being, along with ease, which produces a quiet happiness and contentment: comfort in one's old age.
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British Dictionary definitions for ease off

ease

/ (iːz) /

noun

verb

Derived Formseaser, noun

Word Origin for ease

C13: from Old French aise ease, opportunity, from Latin adjacēns neighbouring (area); see adjacent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with ease off (1 of 2)

ease off


1

Also, ease up. Lessen in severity, relax; abate. For example, I wish you'd ease off on Harold; he's doing the best he can, or The wind's eased up so I think the storm is just about over. [Late 1800s] Also see let up.

2

Fall away, gradually decrease, as in The market's easing off, so we may get some stocks more cheaply. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with ease off (2 of 2)

ease


In addition to the idioms beginning with ease

  • ease off
  • ease out

also see:

  • at ease
  • ill at ease

Also see undereasilyeasy.

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