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"ease" in British English

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easeverb

uk   /iːz/  us   /iːz/
  • 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 ​areabegan to ease.

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Phrasal verbs

easenoun [U]

uk   /iːz/  us   /iːz/
B2 the ​state of ​experiencing no ​difficulty, ​effort, ​pain, etc.: She ​won the 400 ​metrerace with ease. The ​doors are extra-wide for ease ofaccess (= so that ​people can get in without ​difficulty).
at (your) ease
B2 relaxed: He ​feltcompletely 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 ​theirfeetapart and ​theirhands behind ​their back.

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(Definition of ease from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ease" in American English

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easeverb [I/T]

 us   /iz/
  • ease verb [I/T] (LESSEN)

to make or ​become less ​severe, ​difficult, ​unpleasant, or ​painful: [T] These ​pills should ease the ​pain.
to move something ​slowly and ​carefully in a ​particulardirection or into a ​particularposition: [I] I eased through the ​crowd to the ​stage.
Phrasal verbs

easenoun [U]

 us   /iz/
  • ease noun [U] (EASY EFFORT)

freedom from ​difficulty, ​effort, or ​pain: She ​won the ​match with ease (= without ​difficulty). He ​feltcompletely at ease (= ​relaxed and ​comfortable) with them.
at ease
Soldiers who are at ease ​stand in a ​slightlyrelaxedposition with ​theirfeetapart and ​theirhands behind ​their back.
(Definition of ease from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ease" in Business English

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easeverb

uk   us   /iːz/
[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 ​taxburden on ​lowerearners. The ​rise in ​interestrates may ​prompt the ​government to ease ​fiscalpolicy again. the tension/​pressure/​crisis eases
[I] FINANCE to become ​lower in ​value: a rate/price eases Interbank ​interestrates in the ​domesticmoneymarket 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.

easenoun [U]

uk   us   /iːz/
the fact that something does not involve difficulty or ​effort: We ​rated the ​products for ease of use, ​quality, and ​price. Actuarial ​analysts can ​figurepensionfund liabilities with ease.
(Definition of ease from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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