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



    BrE BrE//iːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//iːz//
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  1. 1  lack 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. Word OriginMiddle 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 I obtained the drugs with alarming ease. I was surprised at the apparent ease with which he got into the building. She returned her opponent’s serve with contemptuous ease. The back of the garment is split for ease in walking. The car brings ease of access to the countryside. The whole machine is designed for ease of use. They passed the exam with ease. In his retirement he lived a life of ease. The computer is popular for its good design and ease of use.Idioms used as a command to soldiers to tell them to stand with their feet apart and their hands behind their backs compare attention relaxed and confident and not nervous or embarrassed I never feel completely at ease with him. She was at her ease straight away in the new job. See related entries: Confident feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed I felt ill at ease in such formal clothes.
    put somebody at (their) ease
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    to make somebody 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 somebody stop worrying about something synonym reassure
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ease