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  Dictionary Definition of ease

ease
noun
1. freedom from labour, pain, or physical annoyance of any kind; tranquil rest; comfort: to take one's ease.
2. freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind: be at ease.
3. freedom from difficulty or great labour; facility: it can be done with ease.
4. freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness: ease of manner, at ease with others.
-- verb ( eased, easing )
-- verb (t)
5. to give rest or relief to; make comfortable.
6. to free from anxiety or care: to ease one's mind.
7. to mitigate, lighten, or lessen: to ease the pain.
8. to release from pressure, tension, or the like.
9. (in sewing, etc.) to join (two pieces of material whose edges are of unequal length) in such a way that the extra fullness of the larger section is distributed evenly along the join.
10. to render less difficult; facilitate.
11. to move slowly and with great care.
12. Finance to free from the pressure created by financial stringency: to ease monetary policy.
13. Nautical a. to bring (the helm) slowly towards midships. b. to give (a ship) leeward helm or trim sails so as to present the bow to a wave.
-- verb (i)
14. to become less painful or or burdensome, etc.
15. Gambling (of betting odds) to lengthen.
-- phrase
16. at ease, Military a position of rest in which soldiers may relax, but may not leave their place or talk.
17. ease along, to move with great care.
18. ease in, to insert slowly and with care.
19. ease into, to commence gradually.
20. ease off ; ease up, to reduce severity, pressure, tension, etc.
[ME eise, from OF aise, from LL adjacens near]