ease Definition

  • 1the state of being comfortable, relaxed, or free from pain
  • 2absence of difficulty or effort

Using ease: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "ease" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She lay back in the chair with an air of ease.

  • Example

    The medicine brought him some ease from the pain.

  • Example

    He completed the task with ease.

  • Example

    The instructions were written with ease of use in mind.

ease Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using ease

  • put/set someone at ease

    make someone feel comfortable and relaxed


    The host's friendly greeting put us all at ease.

  • relax and not do too much


    After a long day at work, I like to take it easy and watch TV.

  • with (one's) ease

    with one's permission or agreement


    With your ease, I will proceed with the project as planned.

Phrases with ease

  • in a relaxed or comfortable position


    He sat back in his chair and put his feet up, looking completely at ease.

  • feeling uncomfortable or anxious in a particular situation


    She felt ill at ease in the formal atmosphere of the dinner party.

  • without difficulty or effort


    He passed the exam with ease, having studied hard for weeks.

Origins of ease

from Old French 'aise', meaning 'comfort'


Summary: ease in Brief

The term 'ease' [iːz] refers to a state of comfort, relaxation, or freedom from pain. It can also denote the absence of difficulty or effort, as in 'He completed the task with ease.' Phrases like 'at ease' and 'ill at ease' describe physical and emotional states, while idioms like 'put/set someone at ease' and 'take it easy' suggest actions to achieve ease. 'Ease' is often used in formal contexts, such as 'The medication brought him some ease from the pain.'

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