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Definitions of ease

  1. lessen the intensity of; calm; as of anxieties and fears
  2. a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; " a life of luxury and ease"; " he had all the material comforts of this world"
  3. ease physically
  4. freedom from activity ( work or strain or responsibility); " took his repose by the swimming pool"
  5. freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; " he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"; " they put it into containers for ease of transportation"
  6. freedom from constraint or embarrassment; " I am never at ease with strangers"
  7. the condition of being comfortable or relieved ( especially after being relieved of distress); " he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; " getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
  8. lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; " ease the pain in your legs"
  9. lessen the intensity of or calm; " The news eased my conscience"; " still the fears"
  10. Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as: ( a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation; as, ease of body.
  11. Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security; as, ease of mind.
  12. To render less painful or oppressive; to mitigate; to alleviate.
  13. To release from pressure or restraint; to move gently; to lift slightly; to shift a little; as, to ease a bar or nut in machinery.
  14. To entertain; to furnish with accommodations.
  15. Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty, embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness; - said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of behavior, of address.
  16. To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses; to relieve from toil or care; to give rest, repose, or tranquility to; - often with of; as, to ease of pain; ease the body or mind.
  17. Freedom from pain, disturbance, labor, or stiffness; as, ease of manner; quiet; repose.
  18. To free from pain, anxiety, trouble, or tension; give rest or relief to; as, to ease a horse of his load.
  19. Freedom from pain or disturbance: rest from work: quiet: freedom from difficulty: naturalness.
  20. To free from pain, trouble, or anxiety: to relieve: to calm.
  21. Freedom from pain or disturbance; rest; facility.
  22. To give ease; relieve; lighten.
  23. Freedom from disturbance; tranquillity; comfort.
  24. Freedom from strain or constraint; facility; naturalness.
  25. An undisturbed state; a quiet state or state of comfort; freedom from pain or disturbance; rest; facility; naturalness; unconstraint. At case, in an undisturbed state; free from pain or anxiety.
  26. To relieve, calm, or tranquillize; to free from pain or any disquiet or annoyance of body of mind; to assuage; to facilitate; to slacken. To ease off, or ease away, to slacken a rope gradually. To ease a ship, to put the helm hard a- lee to prevent her pitching when close- hauled. Stand at ease, a command to draw the right foot back, and bring the weight of the body upon it.
  27. Rest from labour; freedom from pain, want, or anxiety; freedom from difficulty; freedom from constraint or formality.
  28. To give relief or rest to; to free from pain; to alleviate; to pacify.

Usage examples for ease

  1. " I did not seek ease among the poor, because I concluded that there it could not be found. – Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
  2. I cannot express the pleasure which this gave me, nor how it set me at my ease with him from that moment. – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  3. Circumstances had not permitted him to live a life of ease. – The Coming of the Law by Charles Alden Seltzer
  4. Every body was at his ease, and every body felt that he, young as he might be, was of some use in the little school world, and had a work to do there. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  5. For the girl herself she wished no harm, but she conceived that her mother must be ill at ease concerning her. – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  6. She felt at ease. – A Nobleman's Nest by Ivan Turgenieff
  7. And I lookt very keen first to this side, and then did run overward, that I look more close upon the other; and afterward back again; for it did seem that we should have a greater ease upon the side that we did be. – The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson
  8. They looked very cool, very much at their ease, and very well inclined for tea. – The Green Carnation by Robert Smythe Hichens
  9. He was at his ease with all kinds of ways of taking a drink. – Home Fires in France by Dorothy Canfield
  10. All were at ease, now that they were alone. – Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale
  11. But, as I say, I did not feel at ease. – The Cruise of the Kawa by Walter E. Traprock [Pseudonym of George S. Chappell]
  12. Here- ease him out of his chair. – The Colors of Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  13. He was not at his ease with Arctura; he was afraid of her. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  14. He was at ease with his fellows because he respected them, and courteous because he loved them. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  15. He was evidently quite comfortable and at his ease with Octon. – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  16. " Say, now, you got a lot of money for a little boy," said Solly Gumble, not altogether at ease. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  17. He never felt altogether at ease in the presence of the Penlogans. – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  18. On such an occasion as this he was happy and at his ease. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  19. Simpkins' conscience was quite at ease. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham
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