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Etymology

From Old French aise.

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Noun

Singular
ease

Plural
-

ease (-)
  1. The state of being comfortable or free from stress.
    She enjoyed the ease of living in a house where the servants did all the work.
  2. Freedom from pain, worry, agitation, etc.
    His mind was at ease when he received his pension.
  3. Freedom from effort, difficulty or hardship.
    He passed all the exams with ease.
  4. Dexterity or facility.
    He played the organ with ease.
  5. Affluence and freedom from financial problems.
    After winning the jackpot, she lived a life of luxurious ease.
  6. Relaxation, rest and leisure.
    We took our ease on the patio.

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Verb

Infinitive
to ease

Third person singular
eas

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to ease (third-person singular simple present eas, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To free (something) from pain, worry, agitation, etc.
    He eased his conscience by confessing.
  2. (transitive) To alleviate, assuage or lessen (pain).
    He loosened his shoe to ease the pain.
  3. (transitive) To give respite to (someone).
    The provision of extra staff eased their workload.
  4. (transitive) To loosen or slacken the tension on (something).
    We eased the rope, then lowered the sail.
  5. (transitive) To reduce the difficulty of (something).
    We had to ease the entry requirements.
  6. (transitive) To move (something) slowly and carefully.
    He eased the cork from the bottle.
  7. (intransitive) To lessen in severity.
    The pain eased overnight.
  8. (intransitive) To proceed with little effort.
    The car eased onto the motorway.

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