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ease

[eez]
noun
1.
freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort: to enjoy one's ease.
2.
freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind: to be at ease about one's health.
3.
freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility: It can be done with ease.
4.
freedom from financial need; plenty: a life of ease on a moderate income.
5.
freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness: ease of manner; the ease and elegance of her poetry.
verb (used with object), eased, easing.
6.
to free from anxiety or care: to ease one's mind.
7.
to mitigate, lighten, or lessen: to ease pain.
8.
to release from pressure, tension, or the like.
9.
to move or shift with great care: to ease a car into a narrow parking space.
10.
to render less difficult; facilitate: I'll help if it will ease your job.
11.
to provide (an architectural member) with an easement.
12.
Shipbuilding. to trim (a timber of a wooden hull) so as to fair its surface into the desired form of the hull.
13.
Nautical.
a.
to bring (the helm or rudder of a vessel) slowly amidships.
b.
to bring the head of (a vessel) into the wind.
c.
to slacken or lessen the hold upon (a rope).
d.
to lessen the hold of (the brake of a windlass).
verb (used without object), eased, easing.
14.
to abate in severity, pressure, tension, etc. (often followed by off or up ).
15.
to become less painful, burdensome, etc.
16.
to move, shift, or be moved or be shifted with great care.
Verb phrases
17.
ease out, to remove from a position of authority, a job, or the like, especially by methods intended to be tactful: He was eased out as division head to make way for the boss's nephew.
Idioms
18.
at ease, Military. a position of rest in which soldiers may relax but may not leave their places or talk.

Origin:
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English ese, eise < Anglo-French ese, Old French aise, eise comfort, convenience < Vulgar Latin *adjace(m), accusative of *adjacēs vicinity (compare Medieval Latin in aiace in (the) vicinity), the regular outcome of Latin adjacēns adjacent, taken in VL as a noun of the type nūbēs, accusative nūbem cloud; (v.) Middle English esen < Anglo-French e(i)ser, Old French aisier, derivative of the noun

self-ease, noun
self-easing, adjective
well-eased, adjective


1. repose, contentment, effortlessness. Ease, comfort refer to a sense of relaxation or of well-being. Ease implies a relaxed condition with an absence of effort or pressure: a life of ease. Comfort suggests a sense of well-being, along with ease, which produces a quiet happiness and contentment: comfort in one's old age. 2. tranquillity, serenity, calmness, peace. 5. naturalness, informality. 6. comfort, relieve, disburden; tranquilize, soothe. 7. alleviate, assuage, allay, abate, reduce.


1. discomfort, effort. 2. disturbance. 5. stiffness, formality, tenseness.
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ease (iːz)
 
n
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]
 
'easer
 
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Word Origin & History

ease
early 13c., from O.Fr. aise "comfort, pleasure," of unknown origin, despite attempts to link it to various L. verbs. The earliest senses in French appear to be 1. "elbow-room" (from an 11th century Hebrew-French glossary) and 2. "opportunity." This led Sophus Bugge to suggest an origin in V.L. asa, a
shortened form of L. ansa "handle," which could be used in the figurative sense of "opportunity, occasion," as well as being a possible synonym for "elbow," since L. ansatus "furnished with handles" also was used to mean "having the arms akimbo." OED editors report this theory, and write, "This is not very satisfactory, but it does not appear that any equally plausible alternative has yet been proposed." The verb meaning "to give ease" is from mid-14c.; the sense of "to relax one's efforts" is from 1863. Farmer reports ease in a slang sense of to content a woman sexually, with an 1861 date. Related: Eased; easing.
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