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English noun: ease

1. ease (attribute) freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort

SamplesHe rose through the ranks with apparent ease.
They put it into containers for ease of transportation.
The very easiness of the deed held her back.

Synonymseasiness, simpleness, simplicity

Broader (hypernym)quality

Narrower (hyponym)effortlessness


Antonymsdifficultness, difficulty

2. ease (state) a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state

SamplesA life of luxury and ease.
He had all the material comforts of this world.


Broader (hypernym)affluence, richness

Narrower (hyponym)lap of luxury

3. ease (state) the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)

SamplesHe enjoyed his relief from responsibility.
Getting it off his conscience gave him some ease.


Broader (hypernym)comfort, comfortableness

Narrower (hyponym)reprieve, respite

4. ease (attribute) freedom from constraint or embarrassment

SamplesI am never at ease with strangers.


Broader (hypernym)naturalness

5. ease (act) freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

SamplesTook his repose by the swimming pool.

Synonymsrelaxation, repose, rest

Broader (hypernym)inactivity

Narrower (hyponym)bed rest, bedrest, dormancy, laziness, leisure, lie-in, quiescence, quiescency, sleeping

English verb: ease

1. ease (motion) move gently or carefully

SamplesHe eased himself into the chair.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

2. ease (body) lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate

SamplesEase the pain in your legs.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alleviate, assuage, palliate, relieve

3. ease (change) make easier

SamplesYou could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge.

Synonymsalleviate, facilitate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)aid, assist, help

4. ease (emotion) lessen the intensity of or calm

SamplesThe news eased my conscience.
Still the fears.

ExamplesThe good news will ease her

Synonymsallay, relieve, still

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)comfort, console, solace, soothe

Narrower (hyponym)abreact

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