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 easingmitigate, moderate, relax, speed, relieve, lessen, soften, soothe, simplify, lift, calm, abate, ameliorate, further, allay, promote, facilitate, expedite, improve, loosen
Examples from the Web for easing
Contemporary Examples of easing
At every turn, they described their son as a faithful follower who had dedicated his life to easing the suffering of innocents.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
November 17, 2014
An easing of tensions between al Qaeda and ISIS presents dangers for America in its military campaign in the Levant.Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say
September 24, 2014
It was 1997, one of those rare times when the ruthless reign of the ayatollahs appeared to be easing up.How Jon Stewart Discovered Naked Iran
September 7, 2014
Why not let him cut loose and go all Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa, instead of easing his way out of something a bit grimier?Meet Vincent McKenna, Your New Favorite Bill Murray Character
September 6, 2014
Or Moscow could stop cooperating on international sanctions on Iran, easing pressure on Tehran and helping Russian businesses.Obama Gambles Iran Nuke Talks to Punish Putin
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
March 21, 2014
Historical Examples of easing
This signifies more than the stilling of guns, easing the sorrow of war.
For the easing of his soul, he asked me to pay the money to you as I passed.'The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
They caught the Indian carriers, who were just easing their loads under the walls.The Trail Book
While doing it, too, with the purpose of easing and serving her.Little Dorrit
I am easing my mind, I must speak out, since I have found strength enough to do so.His Masterpiece
- (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.