American English

Definition of ease noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1lack of difficulty He passed the exam with ease. The ease with which she learns languages is astonishing. This computer is popular for its good design and ease of use. All important points are numbered for ease of reference (= so that you can find them easily).
  2. 2the state of feeling relaxed or comfortable without worries, problems, or pain In his retirement, he lived a life of ease.
  3. Idioms
    (stand) at ease
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    used as a command to soldiers to tell them to stand with their feet apart and their hands behind their backs compare attention
    at (your) ease
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    relaxed and confident and not nervous or embarrassed I never feel completely at ease with him. She was at her ease right away in the new job.
    ill at ease
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    feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed Ifelt ill at ease in such formal clothes.
    put somebody at (their) ease
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    to make someone feel relaxed and confident, not nervous or embarrassed Try to put the candidate at ease by being friendly and informal.
    put/set somebody's mind at ease/rest
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    to do or say something to make someone stop worrying about something synonym re‧as‧sure
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ease