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English definition of “ease”

ease

verb uk   /iːz/ us  

ease verb (MAKE LESS)

[I or T] to make or become less severe, difficult, unpleasant, painful, etc.: To ease the problem of overcrowding, new prisons will be built. These pills should ease the pain. After the arrival of the United Nations soldiers, tension in the area began to ease.Making things betterBecoming betterBecoming and making less strong

ease verb (MOVE)

[T + adv/prep] to move or to make something move slowly and carefully in a particular direction or into a particular position: She eased the key into the lock, anxious not to wake anyone. I eased myself out of the chair.Slow and moving slowly
Phrasal verbs

ease

noun [U] uk   /iːz/ us  
B2 the state of experiencing no difficulty, effort, pain, etc.: She won the 400 metre race with ease. The doors are extra-wide for ease of access (= so that people can get in without difficulty).Easiness and simplicity at (your) ease B2 relaxed: He felt completely at ease. She soon put/set me at ease (= made me relaxed) .Calm and relaxed at ease (also standing at ease) If someone, especially a soldier, is at ease, they are standing with their feet apart and their hands behind their back.Military training and ceremoniesSitting and standing
(Definition of ease from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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