- 1Absence of difficulty or effort: she gave up smoking with ease ease of useMore example sentences
- Presented with a gilt-edged chance, Gardyne attempted to lift his shot over Craig Wight, but the goalkeeper caught the effort with ease.
- Women retained their rights to manage their own money and property after marriage and could obtain a divorce with the same ease - or difficulty - as a man.
- How has the final sound mixing gone in terms of difficulty or ease?
- 1.1Absence of rigidity or discomfort; poise: I was always vexed by her self-contained easeMore example sentences
- Enthusiasm filled the place as students fired a volley of questions, which the seasoned star answered with poise and complete ease.
- The ease and humor that he displayed in his I-do-not-choose-to-run press conference should quiet the put-downs.
- Hass is relentless in her challenge to authority, but her real uniqueness lies in her ability to literally cross from one side to the next with an uncanny ease.
- 1.2Freedom from worries or problems: a life of wealth and easeMore example sentences
peace, peacefulness, calmness, tranquillity, composure, serenity, repose, restfulness, quiet, contentment, security, comfortaffluence, wealth, prosperity, prosperousness, luxury, opulence, plenty, sufficiency; comfort, cosiness, contentment, content, enjoyment, well-being, freedom from hardship, freedom from troubles• rare easefulness
- It is relentlessly positive and constantly whispering the mantra of ease and happiness through wealth and the purchase of this or that brand name product.
- Our material ease and the freedoms it has spawned are dangerous illusions, and now comes the reckoning.
- She was by then in her late thirties and had lived a life of great wealth and ease.
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- 1 [with object] Make (something unpleasant or intense) less serious or severe: a huge road-building programme to ease congestionMore example sentences
- The process will test his ability to make good on his promises to use rail to ease Westside traffic congestion.
- He said network congestion would be eased in Windhoek with the opening of additional base stations.
- The U.S. boom has softened a bit lately, easing some of the pressure on central bankers in both countries to hurry up and raise rates.
- 1.1 [no object] Become less serious or severe: the pain doesn’t usually ease off for several hoursMore example sentences
- ‘When I get tense, I see the funny side and begin to laugh and then the tension eases,’ he explains.
- Then the sadness and shame began to ease, and I realised that they were not productive feelings.
- Tensions eased with each passing moment and the three friends began joking with each other.
- 1.2 [no object] (ease off/up) Do something with more moderation: I’d ease up on the hard stuff if I were youMore example sentences
- One wonders if they shouldn't ease up, calm down, breathe deep, get more securely grounded.
- With all this, it seems unlikely that he would care to appease his critics by easing up on the self-promotion.
- If road deaths decrease you don't ease up on road safety.
- 1.3Make (something) happen more easily; facilitate: Tokyo’s dominance of government was deemed to ease efficient contact-makingMore example sentences
- Behind the slick new steel and glass facades, what can you expect in the way of facilities to ease the MBA learning experience?
- The same materials are expected to be used in the larger extension, which will have a conveyor link to the existing facility to ease the transfer of airfreight.
- He urged Government to prioritise the provision of facilities that would ease the education and employment access of the blind.
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move carefully or gradually: I eased down the slope with care [with object and adverbial of direction]: she eased off her shoesMore example sentences
- Murmuring soft words of comfort and nonsense, she eased herself carefully along the wall, bringing her hand along the side of the horse.
- Carefully, she eased over across the floor to the door, then moving as fast as she could, she swung it open.
- Balancing the car on the throttle and I eased myself around for a couple of laps to familiarise myself with the setup.
- 2.1 [with object] (ease someone into) Introduce someone gradually to (an activity): he brought in someone new and eased them into the jobMore example sentences
- I think we need to ease Richard into a job with the Civil Service.
- It remembers your previous volume setting just like a normal radio, but instead of jumping to that volume it slowly fades up to it, easing you into whatever happens to be playing at the moment.
- It is effortlessly uplifting, totally breezy and an ideal way of easing you into what follows.
- 2.2 [with object] (ease someone out) Gradually exclude someone from a post, especially by devious or subtle manoeuvres: after the scandal he was eased out of his jobMore example sentences
- It looks more and more as if he was eased out not so much because of what he did, but because certain elements in the Labour Party wanted rid of him.
- But, as I say, the plan is to ease them out of that.
- The Army, contrary to perception, tends to ease them out of frontline duty.
- 2.3 (ease something away/down/off) Nautical Slacken a rope or sail slowly or gently.More example sentences
- The ship ran aground for three minutes before it was eased off.
- 3 [no object] (Of share prices, interest rates, etc.) decrease in value or amount: shares eased 6p to 224pMore example sentences
- House price inflation needs to ease to a rate of 6 per cent if a disorderly correction is to be avoided.
- The report came amid improving macroeconomic indicators as inflation has eased, interest rates are down and the rupiah has strengthened.
- They feel that though interest rates should ease, banks may not be in a position to slash their lending rates.
at (one's) ease
- Free from worry or awkwardness; relaxed: she was never quite at ease with PhilMore example sentences
- The main courses arrived swiftly, with the kind of faultlessly friendly, attentive yet unobtrusive service that always puts you at your ease in a restaurant.
- The master of ceremonies will welcome each of the contestants in turn, set them at their ease, and introduced the musical item that each will render.
- He had a great way with people, and had the remarkable ability to put customers at their ease.
- (at ease) Military In a relaxed attitude with the feet apart and the hands behind the back (often as a command): all right, stand at ease!More example sentences
- Both girls ceased their jitters and tried to stand at ease, gnawing away at their lips.
- I halted in front of the sentry box, turned to the front and stood at ease.
- The soldiers at Micklegate Bar are not marching but are stood at ease, and may well have been from the Army Cadet Corps.
ease someone's mind
- Alleviate someone’s anxiety: concentrating on the stitching helped to ease her mindMore example sentences
- I went to a church service in the village last night and that eased my mind.
- This will help your weight loss by easing your mind and tricking your body's metabolism and avoid plateauing.
- ‘Well someone had to be on this island to plant the treasure,’ Dara explained, easing his mind.
Middle English: from Old French aise, based on Latin adjacens 'lying close by', present participle of adjacere. The verb is originally from Old French aisier, from the phrase a aise 'at ease'; in later use from the noun.