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English verb: ease up

1. ease up (motion) move in order to make room for someone for something

SamplesThe park gave way to a supermarket.
`Move over,' he told the crowd.

Synonymsgive, give way, move over, yield

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Verb groupabandon, give up

2. ease up (change) become less intense

Synonymsease off, flag, slacken off

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

3. ease up (change) reduce pressure or intensity

SamplesHe eased off the gas pedal and the car slowed down.

Synonymsease off, let up

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

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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