- 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, eas′ing
- 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
ease the rudder
take one's ease