Nearby words

  1. earwig,
  2. earwigging,
  3. earwitness,
  4. earworm,
  5. eas,
  6. ease off,
  7. ease out,
  8. easeful,
  9. easefully,
  10. 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

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

noun

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
  1. (of a standing soldier, etc) in a relaxed position with the feet apart and hands linked behind the back
  2. a command to adopt such a position
  3. in a relaxed attitude or frame of mind

verb

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
Derived Formseaser, noun

Word Origin for ease

C13: from Old French aise ease, opportunity, from Latin adjacēns neighbouring (area); see adjacent

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Word Origin and History for ease off
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Idioms and Phrases with ease off

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]

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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