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Definition of ease verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ease
    he / she / it eases
    past simple eased
    -ing form easing
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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 city. It would ease my mind (= make me less worried) to know that she was happy.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to move, or to move someone or something, slowly and carefully + adv./prep. He eased slowly forward. ease somebody/something + adv./prep. She eased herself into a chair. He eased off the brakes.
  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. Phrasal Verbsease into somethingease offease somebodyout (of something)ease up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ease