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ease (iːz)
1.  freedom from discomfort, worry, or anxiety
2.  lack of difficulty, labour, or awkwardness; facility
3.  rest, leisure, or relaxation
4.  freedom from poverty or financial embarrassment; affluence: a life of ease
5.  lack of restraint, embarrassment, or stiffness: his ease of manner disarmed us
6.  military at ease
 a.  (of a standing soldier, etc) in a relaxed position with the feet apart and hands linked behind the back
 b.  a command to adopt such a position
 c.  in a relaxed attitude or frame of mind
vb (when intr, often foll by off or up)
7.  to make or become less burdensome
8.  (tr) to relieve (a person) of worry or care; comfort
9.  (tr) to make comfortable or give rest to
10.  (tr) to make less difficult; facilitate
11.  to move or cause to move into, out of, etc, with careful manipulation: to ease a car into a narrow space
12.  to lessen or cause to lessen in severity, pressure, tension, or strain; slacken, loosen, or abate
13.  archaic, euphemistic ease oneself, ease nature to urinate or defecate
14.  nautical ease the helm to relieve the pressure on the rudder of a vessel, esp by bringing the bow into the wind
[C13: from Old French aise ease, opportunity, from Latin adjacēns neighbouring (area); see adjacent]

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