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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.

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.
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). at (your) ease B2 relaxed: He felt completely at ease. She soon put/set me at ease (= made me 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.
(Definition of ease from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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