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 out

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 out
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Idioms and Phrases with ease out

ease out

Extract or remove someone or something gradually or gently. For example, He carefully eased the car out of the garage, or We were trying to ease him out of office without a public scandal. [Mid-1900s]

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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