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
Related formsself-ease, nounself-eas·ing, adjectivewell-eased, adjective
Examples from the Web for 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|Shane Harris|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Eli Lake|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was 1997, one of those rare times when the ruthless reign of the ayatollahs appeared to be easing up.
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|Alex Suskind|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or Moscow could stop cooperating on international sanctions on Iran, easing pressure on Tehran and helping Russian businesses.
"Necessarily, no doubt," Lena said, with an idea of easing her sister's stupefaction by a sarcasm foreign to her sentiments.Vittoria, Complete|George Meredith
I believe your wife mentioned she thought it would be easier to contact her niece if conditions were easing up to that degree.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
One at least of the safety-valves is fitted with easing gear by which it can be lifted at any time for blowing off the steam.
And so, easing the noose gradually, Toady Lion slipped it over Donald's head and he was free.
This is also useful in increasing her strength and vitality, and in easing the pangs of child-birth.A Guide to Health|Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for easing
- (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
Derived Formseaser, noun
Word Origin for ease
Idioms and Phrases with easing
In addition to the idioms beginning with ease
- ease off
- ease out
- at ease
- ill at ease
Also see undereasilyeasy.