› [I or T] to make something less severe, difficult, etc. or to become less severe, difficult, etc.: ease the burden/pressure/problem He made proposals to ease the tax burden on lower earners. The rise in interest rates may prompt the government to ease fiscal policy again. the tension/pressure/crisis eases › [I] FINANCE to become lower in value: a rate/price eases Interbank interest rates in the domestic money market eased in the week to Nov. 15. the dollar/market eases › [I or T] to move gradually to a different level, or to make something do this: ease back/down/upwards Freight rates eased upwards.