Definition of ease verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    ease

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 3[transitive] ease something to make something easier Ramps have been built to ease access for the disabled.
  4. 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. 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.
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French aise, based on Latin adjacens ‘lying close by’, present participle of adjacere. The verb is originally from Old French aisier, from the phrase a aise ‘at ease’; in later use from the noun.Extra examples He eased himself into the driving seat. I eased myself slowly out of bed. Jean eased back on the pillows and relaxed. She carefully eased the car out of the garage Tensions between the two countries are beginning to ease. The new road should help ease traffic problems. The pain in my leg gradually eased away. The situation would be considerably eased if more money were made available. His family connections eased his passage into the top ranks of the industry. It would ease my mind to know that she was happy. The pain gradually eased a little. The snow was easing up and people were leaving their houses. They have provided valuable economic aid to ease the transition to a market economy. This medicine should help ease the pain. Phrasal Verbsease into somethingease offease somebodyout (of something)ease up
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