I. noun Etymology: Middle English ese, from Anglo-French eise, aise convenience, comfort, ultimately from Latin adjacent-, adjacens neighboring — more at adjacent Date: 13th century 1. the state of being comfortable: as a. freedom from pain or discomfort b. freedom from care c. freedom from labor or difficulty d. freedom from embarrassment or constraint ; naturalness <
known for his charm and ease of manner
e. an easy fit 2. relief from discomfort or obligation 3. facility, effortlessness <
did it with ease
4. an act of easing or a state of being eased • easeful adjectiveeasefully adverb II. verb (eased; easing) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens <
trying to ease her of her worries
2. to make less painful ; alleviate <
ease his suffering
3. a. to lessen the pressure or tension of especially by slackening, lifting, or shifting <
ease a spring
b. to maneuver gently or carefully <
eased himself into the chair
c. to moderate or reduce especially in amount or intensity <
ease a flow
4. to make less difficult <
ease credit
5. a. to put the helm of (a ship) alee b. to let (a helm or rudder) come back a little after having been put hard over intransitive verb 1. to give freedom or relief 2. to move or pass slowly or easily — often used with a directional word (as over or up) <
the limo eased up in front of the house
3. a. to become less intense, vigorous, or engaged ; become moderate — usually used with up or off <
told her staff to ease up a little
expected the storm to ease off
ease up on fatty foods
b. to apply less pressure — usually used with up or off <
ease up on the accelerator
c. to act in a less harsh manner — usually used with up or off <
decided to ease off on enforcement

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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