An example of ease is how someone feels after receiving positive test results.
Eased his conscience by returning the stolen money.
To ease a piano into place.
He took his ease by the pond.
Ease off a cable.
Eased the car into a narrow space; eased the director out of office.
Pain that never eased.
To write with ease.
To add ease to a waist measurement.
The pain eased overnight.
An example of ease is to slowly take steps to conquer a huge fear of swimming.
A life of luxury and ease.
Eased the staff's burden by hiring more people.
Eased the entrance requirements.
Eased through life doing as little as possible.
He eased his conscience by confessing.
- In a relaxed position, especially standing silently at rest with the right foot stationary:.Put the soldiers at ease while waiting for inspection.
- Used as a command for troops to assume a relaxed position.
- Having no anxiety, pain, or discomfort.
- To tactfully persuade (an employee, tenant, etc.) to leave.
- To reduce the angle the rudder makes with the fore-and-aft line so that the vessel will turn more gradually.
- To relax and be comfortable.
Origin of ease
- Middle English ese from Old French aise elbowroom, physical comfort from Vulgar Latin adiacēs, adiac- adiac- alteration of Latin adiacēns, adiacent- present participle of adiacēre to lie near adjacent
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ese, eise (“ease”), from Anglo-Norman ese (“ease”), Old French aise, eise (“convenience, leisure, comfort”), of unknown origin. Earliest meaning was that of "empty space, elbow-room, opportunity". Conflicting forms in Romance point to an external, non-Latin origin . Probably from a Germanic or Celtic source. Compare Old English ēaþe (“easy”), Gothic (azēti, “ease, pleasure”), Gothic (azēts, “easy”), Breton eaz, ez (“easy”), Irish adhais (“easy, leisure”). See also eath.