ease

ease [ēz]
n.
[ME ese < OFr aise < VL * adjaces < L adjacens, lying nearby, hence easy to reach: see ADJACENT]
1. freedom from pain, worry, or trouble; comfort
2. freedom from stiffness, formality, or awkwardness; natural, easy manner; poise
3. freedom from difficulty; facility; adroitness [to write with ease]
4. freedom from poverty; state of being financially secure; affluence
5. rest; leisure; relaxation
vt.
eased, easing
1. to free from pain, worry, or trouble; comfort
2. to lessen or alleviate (pain, anxiety, etc.)
3. to make easier; facilitate
4.
a) to reduce the strain, tension, or pressure of or on; loosen; slacken
b) to reduce (the strain, tension, pressure, etc.) on (a rope, sail, etc.)
5. to fit or move by careful shifting, slow pressure, etc. [to ease a piano into place]
vi.
1. to move or be moved by careful shifting, slow pressure, etc.
2. to lessen in tension, speed, pain, etc.
3. to reduce strain, tension, or pressure: often with up, off, etc.
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at ease
1. having no anxiety, pain, or discomfort
2. Mil.
a) in a relaxed position but maintaining silence and staying in place
b) the command to assume this position
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ease out
to tactfully persuade (an employee, tenant, etc.) to leave
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ease the rudder or ease the helm
Naut. to reduce the angle the rudder makes with the fore-and-aft line so that the vessel will turn more gradually
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take one's ease
to relax and be comfortable

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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