verb (used with object), eased, eas·ing.
- 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).
verb (used without object), eased, eas·ing.
Origin of ease
Synonyms for ease
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
- (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
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.