- 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
Synonyms for easeSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for ease
Related Words for easedmitigate, moderate, relax, speed, relieve, lessen, soften, soothe, simplify, lift, calm, abate, ameliorate, further, allay, promote, facilitate, expedite, improve, loosen
Examples from the Web for eased
Contemporary Examples of eased
The United States is now the only really powerful nation to have eased into stable democratic government from the ground up.Is Democracy Doomed Abroad?
August 31, 2014
Slayman eased the young man—Matt, from Pennsylvania—out of the car and got him on his stumbling way.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
Over time he can be eased out—as long as his Alawite people are protected in some kind of federal Syria.A Winning Strategy for Iraq and Syria
Leslie H. Gelb
June 21, 2014
I lifted her as high as I could midway up the slide and eased her down with a big, squeaky “wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee.”When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
Crippling economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe were eased, allowing much needed capital to flow in.Myanmar’s Free Burma Rangers Are Like Doctors Without Borders…With Guns
April 19, 2014
Historical Examples of eased
It has eased my joints, which were somewhat stiff from these years of peace.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Adams leaned back in his chair as though her absurdity had eased his mind.Alice Adams
And even as they eased him down upon the blankets his snores were rising on the frosty air.White Fang
Now that the issue was out in the open his discomfort was eased.Reel Life Films
Samuel Kimball Merwin
I thought it was an echo at first, then realized that someone had eased in the door behind me.Arm of the Law
- 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 for ease
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."
In addition to the idioms beginning with ease
- ease off
- ease out
- at ease
- ill at ease
Also see undereasilyeasy.