Definition of easy adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈiːzi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːzi//
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  • (easier, easiest) used to tell somebody to be careful when doing something Easy with that chair—one of its legs is loose.
  • Word OriginMiddle English (also in the sense ‘comfortable, tranquil’): from Old French aisie, past participle of aisier ‘put at ease, facilitate’, from the phrase a aise ‘at ease’.Idioms
    be easier said than done
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    (saying) to be much more difficult to do than to talk about ‘Why don't you get yourself a job?’ ‘That's easier said than done.’
    to relax and stop worrying You can rest easy—I'm not going to tell anyone. (saying) used to mean that somebody does not care very much about money or possessions especially if they spend it or lose something (informal) used to tell somebody to do something, or move something, slowly and carefully (informal) used to tell somebody to treat a person in a gentle way and not to be too angry or severe Go easy on her—she's having a really hard time at the moment.
    go easy on/with something
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    (informal) used to tell somebody not to use too much of something Go easy on the sugar.
    not come easy (to somebody)
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    to be difficult for somebody to do Talking about my problems doesn't come easy to me. Change has not come easy.
    used as a command to soldiers who are already standing at ease to tell them that they can stand in an even more relaxed way (informal) used to tell somebody not to be worried or angry Take it easy! Don't panic. to relax and avoid working too hard or doing too much The doctor told me to take it easy for a few weeks. I like to take things easy when I’m on holiday.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: easy