ease

ease
ease1 [i:z] n [U]
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: aise 'comfort']
1.) with ease
if you do something with ease, it is very easy for you to do it
= ↑easily
They won with ease.
The security codes could be broken with relative ease .
I was impressed by the ease with which the information could be retrieved.
2.) at ease
feeling relaxed, especially in a situation in which people might feel a little nervous
at ease with
She felt completely at ease with Bernard.
put/set sb at (their) ease
(=make someone feel relaxed)
She had an ability to put people at their ease.
3.) ill at ease
not relaxed
You always look ill at ease in a suit.
4.) ease of application/use etc
written how easy something is to use etc, or the quality of being easy to use etc
It emphasizes the software's convenience and ease of use.
for ease of sth
The bowl is removable for ease of cleaning.
5.) the ability to feel relaxed or behave in a natural relaxed way
He had a natural ease which made him very popular.
6.) a life of ease
a comfortable life, without problems or worries
7.) (stand) at ease
used to tell soldiers to stand in a relaxed way with their feet apart
ease 2
ease2 v
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
1¦(improve)¦
2¦(make easier)¦
3¦(move)¦
4 ease your grip
5 ease somebody's mind
Phrasal verbs
 ease (somebody) into something
 ease off
 ease out
 ease up
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
1.) ¦(IMPROVE)¦ [I and T]
if something unpleasant eases, or if you ease it, it gradually improves or becomes less
ease the pain/stress/tension
He'll give you something to ease the pain.
ease the pressure/burden
This should ease the burden on busy teachers.
measures to ease congestion in the city
Her breathing had eased.
2.) ¦(MAKE EASIER)¦ [T]
to make something, especially a process, happen more easily
= ↑smooth
The agreement will ease the way for other countries to join the EU.
3.) ¦(MOVE)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to move yourself or something slowly and carefully into another place or position
She eased her shoes off.
ease yourself into/through etc sth
Phil eased himself into an armchair.
ease your way past/through etc sth
He eased his way through the crowd.
Jean eased back on the pillows and relaxed.
4.) ease your grip
to hold something less tightly
5.) ease sb's mind
to make someone feel less worried about something
It would ease my mind to know you had arrived safely.
ease () into [ease (sb) into sth] phr v
if you ease yourself or someone else into a new job etc, you start doing it gradually or help them to start
After the baby, she eased herself back into work.
ease off phr v
1.) if something, especially something that you do not like, eases off, it improves or gets less
= ↑ease up
The rain had eased off a bit.
Why don't you wait until the traffic eases off a little?
2.) ease off on sb
to stop being unpleasant to someone or asking so much from them
ease out phr v
1.) if a vehicle eases out, it slowly moves forward into the traffic
2.) ease sb<=>out
to make someone leave a job, a position of authority etc, in a way that makes it seem as if they have chosen to leave
ease up phr v
1.) to work less hard or do something with less energy than before
Just relax and ease up a little.
2.) to start doing something less
ease up on
You should ease up on the whisky.
3.) to improve or get less
= ↑ease off
The snow was easing up.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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