What does ease mean?

Definitions for ease

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ease.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ease, easiness, simplicity, simplenessnoun

    freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort

    "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"; "they put it into containers for ease of transportation"; "the very easiness of the deed held her back"

  2. ease, comfortnoun

    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. relief, easenoun

    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"

  4. ease, informalitynoun

    freedom from constraint or embarrassment

    "I am never at ease with strangers"

  5. rest, ease, repose, relaxationverb

    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

    "took his repose by the swimming pool"

  6. easeverb

    move gently or carefully

    "He eased himself into the chair"

  7. comfort, easeverb

    lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate

    "ease the pain in your legs"

  8. facilitate, ease, alleviateverb

    make easier

    "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"

  9. still, allay, relieve, easeverb

    lessen the intensity of or calm

    "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"


  1. easenoun

    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. easenoun

    Freedom from pain, worry, agitation, etc.

    His mind was at ease when he received his pension.

  3. easenoun

    Freedom from effort, difficulty or hardship.

    He passed all the exams with ease.

  4. easenoun

    Dexterity or facility.

    He played the organ with ease.

  5. easenoun

    Affluence and freedom from financial problems.

    After winning the jackpot, she lived a life of luxurious ease.

  6. easenoun

    Relaxation, rest and leisure.

    We took our ease on the patio.

  7. easenoun

    Additional space to allow movement within a garment.

    to add ease to a waist measurement

  8. easeverb

    To free (something) from pain, worry, agitation, etc.

    He eased his conscience by confessing.

  9. easeverb

    To alleviate, assuage or lessen (pain).

    He loosened his shoe to ease the pain.

  10. easeverb

    To give respite to (someone).

    The provision of extra staff eased their workload.

  11. easeverb

    To loosen or slacken the tension on (something).

    We eased the rope, then lowered the sail.

  12. easeverb

    To reduce the difficulty of (something).

    We had to ease the entry requirements.

  13. easeverb

    To move (something) slowly and carefully.

    He eased the cork from the bottle.

  14. easeverb

    To lessen in severity.

    The pain eased overnight.

  15. easeverb

    To proceed with little effort.

    The car eased onto the motorway.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EASEnoun

    Etymology: aise, French.

    We should not find her half so brave and bold
    To lead it to the wars, and to the seas;
    To make it suffer watchings, hunger, cold,
    When it might feed with plenty, rest with ease. Davies.

    The priest on skins of off’rings takes his ease,
    And nightly visions in his slumber sees. John Dryden, Æn.

    Lucan, content with praise, may lie at ease
    In costly grotts and marble palaces. John Dryden, Juv. Sat. 7.

    Men of parts and penetration were not idly to dispute at their ease, but were to act according to the result of their debates. John Locke.

    No body is under an obligation to know every thing; knowledge and science in general is the business only of those who are at ease and leisure. John Locke.

    That which we call ease is only an indolency, or a freedom from pain. Roger L'Estrange.

    Is it a small crime to wound himself by anguish of heart, to deprive himself of all the pleasures, or eases, or enjoyments of life? William Temple.

    Give yourselves ease from the fatigue of waiting. Jonathan Swift.

    The willing metal will obey thy hand,
    Following with ease, if favour’d by thy fate,
    Thou art foredoom’d to view the Stygian state;
    If not, no labour can the tree constrain,
    And strength of stubborn arms and steel are vain. Dryden.

    True ease in writing comes from art, not chance;
    As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance. Alexander Pope, Ess.

  2. To Easeverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Help and ease children the best you can; but by no means bemoan them. John Locke.

    Thy father made our yoke grievous, now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude. 2 Chro. x. 4.

    Complain, queen Margaret, and tell thy grief;
    It shall be eas’d, if France can yield relief. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    As if with sports my sufferings I could ease. Dryden.

    Though he speaks of such medicines as procure sleep, and ease pain, he doth not determine their doses. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Will he for sacrifice our sorrows ease?
    And can our tears reverse his firm decrees? Matthew Prior.

    If ere night the gath’ring clouds we fear,
    A song will help the beating storm to bear;
    And that thou may’st not be too late abroad,
    Sing, and I’ll ease thy shoulders of thy load. John Dryden, Past.

    I will ease me of mine adversaries. Is. i. 24.

    No body feels pain that he wishes not to be eased of, with a desire equal to that pain, and inseparable from it. John Locke.


  1. ease

    Ease refers to the absence of difficulty, effort or hardship in accomplishing a task or goal. It can also refer to a state of comfort, relaxation, or freedom from pain or anxiety. The term can be used in a wide range of contexts, such as physical ease (lack of physical discomfort), ease of use (how simple and straightforward something is to use), and ease of mind (lack of mental stress or worry).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Easenoun

    satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation; entertainment

  2. Easenoun

    freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as: (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation; as, ease of body

  3. Easenoun

    freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security; as, ease of mind

  4. Easenoun

    freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty, embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness; -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of behavior, of address

  5. Easenoun

    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

  6. Easenoun

    to render less painful or oppressive; to mitigate; to alleviate

  7. Easenoun

    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

  8. Easenoun

    to entertain; to furnish with accommodations

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ease

    ēz, n. freedom from pain or disturbance: rest from work: quiet: freedom from difficulty: naturalness.—v.t. to free from pain, trouble, or anxiety: to relieve: to calm.—adj. Ease′ful, ease-giving: quiet, fit for rest.—n. Ease′ment, relief: assistance: support: gratification.—adv. Eas′ily.—n. Eas′iness.—adj. Eas′y, at ease: free from pain: tranquil: unconstrained: giving ease: not difficult: yielding: not straitened (in circumstances): not tight: not strict, as in 'easy virtue.'—interj. Easy! a command to lower, or to go gently, to stop rowing, &c.—n. Eas′y-chair, an arm-chair for ease or rest.—adj. Eas′y-gō′ing, good-natured: indolent.—Ease one's self, to relieve nature.—Chapel of ease (see Chapel); Free and easy (see Free).—Honours easy, when the honours are evenly divided at whist: Ill at ease, uncomfortable; Stand at ease, used of soldiers, when freed from 'attention;' Take it easy, to be quite unconcerned: to be in no hurry; Take one's ease, to make one's self comfortable. [O. Fr. aise; cog. with It. agio; Prov. ais, Port. azo.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ease' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4423

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ease' in Nouns Frequency: #1848

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ease' in Verbs Frequency: #637

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ease in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ease in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ease in a Sentence

  1. Selma Hepp:

    Some early data suggests that the buyer frenzy experienced this spring is tapering, though many buyers still remain in the market, nevertheless, less competition and more for-sale homes suggest we may be seeing the peak of home price acceleration. Going forward, home price growth may ease off but stay in the double digits through year-end.

  2. Hans Bauer:

    Considering the relative ease with which lion signs were observed, it is likely that they are resident throughout Alatash and Dinder.

  3. Mickey Mehta:

    Humans worldwide speak different languages and animals speak the same. Animals remain anonymous and humans after self branding still ask what's in a name. If only we could become more carefree about our identities ensconced in our egos, we would be relaxed and be more dis-ease free. Be carefree and immunize, breathe in liberty & MickeyMize.

  4. Jill Biden:

    I wish I could say something that would ease the pain of the families and of the church but I know from experience -- and I was reminded of it again 29 days ago -- that no words can mend a broken heart. No music can fill the gaping void ... at least in my experience only faith. Only faith, sometimes even faith leaves you just for a second. Sometimes you doubt. There's a famous expression that says faith sees best in the dark. For the nine families, this is a very dark, dark time.

  5. Credit Suisse currency analysts:

    Falling oil, however, raises risks that ECB may ease again.

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Translations for ease

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  • سهولةArabic
  • лекота, успокоявам, отпускам, непринуденост, спокойствие, безгрижие, облекчавамBulgarian
  • pohodaCzech
  • Bequemlichkeit, lindernGerman
  • ευκολίαGreek
  • facilitarSpanish
  • lieventyä, löysentää, helpottaa, lievittää, löysätäFinnish
  • facilité, reposFrench
  • sástachtIrish
  • आरामHindi
  • csillapítHungarian
  • meredakanIndonesian
  • riposo, facilitàItalian
  • 簡易Japanese
  • ಸರಾಗKannada
  • whakaeaeaMāori
  • aliviarPortuguese
  • dexteritate, ușurința, reduce, micșora, liniște, liniști, ușurare, repaus, pace, ușura, alina, confort, facilitate, potoliRomanian
  • облегча́ть, непринуждённость, уменьша́ть, освобожда́ть, беззабо́тность, пра́здность, поко́й, облегче́ние, отпуска́ть, споко́йствие, досу́г, успока́ивать, лёгкость, о́тдых, ослабля́ть, смягча́тьRussian
  • lätthetSwedish
  • ผ่อนปรนThai

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    A sesquipedalian
    B pecuniary
    C valetudinarian
    D naiant

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