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.
Idioms about ease
at ease, Military. a position of rest in which soldiers may relax but may not leave their places or talk.
- self-ease, noun
- self-easing, adjective
- well-eased, adjective
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How to use ease in a sentence
That ease means that creators often have multiple Carrds under their belt, creating a sub-economy of design tips and art.The internet of protest is being built on single-page websites | Tanya Basu | August 27, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Cellebrite says it can “unlock devices with ease” by finding vulnerabilities in targeted smartphones and exploiting them.Israeli phone hacking company faces court fight over sales to Hong Kong | Patrick O'Neill | August 25, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
“The ease with which companies can be incorporated under state law, and how little information is generally required about the company’s owners or activities, raises concerns about a lack of transparency,” the report said.Federal Prosecutors Have Steve Bannon’s Murky Nonprofit in Their Sights | by Yeganeh Torbati | August 24, 2020 | ProPublica
Unlike masks, which can fall off the ears, outdoor runners and cyclists enjoy the ease of pulling buffs up as they pass the occasional dog-walker or fellow jogger, and then down again once they’re alone.
Blow-by drives, where a player dribbles past a defender with ease, are also up slightly.The Suns And Mavs Shouldn’t Have Surprised Us … But We Didn’t See T.J. Warren Coming | Chris Herring (email@example.com) | August 5, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Normality, domesticity, ease, in the blazing Arizona desert.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
As it stands, the deal will ease the travel ban and trade embargo, and make it easier for Americans to do business in Cuba.
This deal will greatly ease a travel ban and the trade embargo, and make it easier for Americans to do business in Cuba.
In no previous era in human history had one country ever completely dominated world finance with such ease.
She appears calmer, more at ease, since the last time I sat down with her in 2008.
Where the outside conditions are not very favourable, practically all the British species may be grown with ease under glass.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
See the ease and grace of the lady in the sacque, who sits on the bank there, under the myrtles, with the guitar on her lap!Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Tressan was monstrous ill-at-ease, and his face lost a good deal of its habitual plethora of colour.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
In this way it will be managed with less offense and with more ease to the conscience than now.
Uriah said it would dishonour him to seek ease and pleasure at home while other soldiers were enduring hardship at the front.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for ease
freedom from discomfort, worry, or anxiety
lack of difficulty, labour, or awkwardness; facility
rest, leisure, or relaxation
freedom from poverty or financial embarrassment; affluence: a life of ease
lack of restraint, embarrassment, or stiffness: his 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 manipulation: to 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
- easer, noun
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with ease
In addition to the idioms beginning with ease
- ease off
- ease out
- at ease
- ill at ease
Also see undereasilyeasy.
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