- Present participle of ease.
- The act by which something is eased.
Variant of ease
- freedom from pain, worry, or trouble; comfort
- freedom from stiffness, formality, or awkwardness; natural, easy manner; poise
- freedom from difficulty; facility; adroitness: to write with ease
- freedom from poverty; state of being financially secure; affluence
- rest; leisure; relaxation
Origin of easeMiddle English ese ; from Old French aise ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form adjaces ; from Classical Latin adjacens, lying nearby, hence easy to reach: see adjacent
transitive verbeased, easing
- to free from pain, worry, or trouble; comfort
- to lessen or alleviate (pain, anxiety, etc.)
- to make easier; facilitate
- to reduce the strain, tension, or pressure of or on; loosen; slacken
- to reduce (the strain, tension, pressure, etc.) on (a rope, sail, etc.)
- to fit or move by careful shifting, slow pressure, etc.: to ease a piano into place
- to move or be moved by careful shifting, slow pressure, etc.
- to lessen in tension, speed, pain, etc.
- to reduce strain, tension, or pressure: often with up, off, etc.
- having no anxiety, pain, or discomfort
- in a relaxed position but maintaining silence and staying in place
- the command to assume this position
to tactfully persuade (an employee, tenant, etc.) to leave
ease the rudderor ease the helm
Naut. to reduce the angle the rudder makes with the fore-and-aft line so that the vessel will turn more gradually
take one's ease
to relax and be comfortable