- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to become or to make something less unpleasant, painful, severe, etc. synonym alleviate The pain immediately eased. ease something This should help ease the pain. The plan should ease traffic congestion in the town. It would ease my mind (= make me less worried) to know that she was settled.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to move, or to move somebody/something, slowly and carefully + adv./prep. He eased slowly forwards. ease somebody/something + adv./prep. She eased herself into a chair. He eased off (= took off) his shoes.
- 3[transitive] ease something to make something easier Ramps have been built to ease access for the disabled.
- 4[transitive, intransitive] ease (something) to make something or to become less tight and more relaxed synonym relax Ease your grip on the wheel a little.
- 5[intransitive, transitive] ease (something) to become or make something lower in price or value synonym reduce Share prices eased back from yesterday's levels. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French aise, based on Latin adjacens
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BrE BrE//iːz//; NAmE NAmE//iːz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ease
BrE BrE//iːz//; NAmE NAmE//iːz//he / she / it eases
BrE BrE//ˈiːzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːzɪz//past simple eased
BrE BrE//iːzd//; NAmE NAmE//iːzd//past participle eased
BrE BrE//iːzd//; NAmE NAmE//iːzd//-ing form easing
BrE BrE//ˈiːzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːzɪŋ//