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IELTS BNC: 3093 COCA: 3229

ease

1 ease /ˈiːz/ noun
1 ease
/ˈiːz/
noun
Learner's definition of EASE
[noncount]
: freedom from pain or trouble : comfort of body or mind舒适;悠闲;闲适
: lack of difficulty容易;不费力
: a relaxed and informal way of behaving自在;不拘束

at ease

also at your ease : in a relaxed and comfortable state轻松自在;放松舒适
see also ill at ease
: standing silently with the feet apart and one or both hands behind the body稍息
often used as a military command常用作军事命令
compare at attention at attention

take your ease

: to rest or relax休息;放松
2 ease /ˈiːz/ verb
eases; eased; easing
2 ease
/ˈiːz/
verb
eases; eased; easing
Learner's definition of EASE
[+ object] : to free (someone or something) from trouble or worry使安心;解除(麻烦或忧虑)
[+ object] : to make (something) less painful减轻…的痛苦
[+ object] : to make (tension, a problem, etc.) less severe or troubling使缓解;使缓和;使减轻
[no object] : to become less severe or troubling减轻;缓和;缓解
always followed by an adverb or preposition
[+ object] : to move (someone or something) gently or carefully轻轻移动;小心移动
[no object] : to move or pass slowly or easily慢慢移动;轻松通过

ease off

[phrasal verb] or ease up
: to become less severe缓和;减轻

ease up on

[phrasal verb]
ease up on (someone) : to treat (someone) in a less harsh or demanding way对…宽容;包容(某人)
ease up on (something) : to apply less pressure to (something)给(某物)施加较小的压力;放松(某物)
ease up on (something) : to do or use less of (something)少做(某事);少用(某物)
IELTS BNC: 3093 COCA: 3229

ease

1 of 2

noun

1
: the state of being comfortable: such as
a
: freedom from pain or discomfort
b
: freedom from care
c
: freedom from labor or difficulty
d
: freedom from embarrassment or constraint : naturalness
known for his charm and ease of manner
e
: an easy fit
2
: relief from discomfort or obligation
3
: facility, effortlessness
did it with ease
4
: an act of easing or a state of being eased
easeful adjective
easefully adverb

ease

2 of 2

verb

eased; easing

transitive verb

1
: to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens
trying to ease her of her worries
2
: to make less painful : alleviate
ease his suffering
3
a
: to lessen the pressure or tension of especially by slackening, lifting, or shifting
ease a spring
b
: to maneuver gently or carefully
eased himself into the chair
c
: to moderate or reduce especially in amount or intensity
ease a flow
4
: to make less difficult
ease credit
5
a
: to put the helm of (a ship) alee
b
: to let (a helm or rudder) come back a little after having been put hard over

intransitive verb

1
: to give freedom or relief
2
: to move or pass slowly or easily
often used with a directional word (such as over or up)
the limo eased up in front of the house
3
a
: to become less intense, vigorous, or engaged : become moderate
usually used with up or off
told her staff to ease up a littleexpected the storm to ease offease up on fatty foods
b
: to apply less pressure
usually used with up or off
ease up on the accelerator
c
: to act in a less harsh manner
usually used with up or off
decided to ease off on enforcement
Phrases
at ease
1
: free from pain or discomfort
2
a
: free from restraint or formality
feels most at ease with old friends
b
: standing silently (as in a military formation) with the feet apart, the right foot in place, and one or both hands behind the body
often used as a command

Example Sentences

Noun the sunburn medication brought me instant ease a gymnast who can handle even the most demanding moves on the parallel bars with total ease Verb trying to ease my troubled mind The diplomats failed to ease tensions between the two nations. Authorities are looking for ways to ease prison overcrowding. The government is expected to ease travel restrictions. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This is because images attain what no reasoning or lecture can do with the same ease. Vogue, 12 Sep. 2022 Conquering one creative field is tough enough in the 21st century, and yet, Karen Elson has managed to conquer two—and all with an ease that is refreshingly sincere. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Sep. 2022 Wes O'Connor EJ Marcus has this incredible talent of reenacting everyday experiences with hilarious ease. Ellie Rudy, NBC News, 6 Sep. 2022 Somehow, this spaceship from Sakaar avoided all of Earth’s defenses and found Bruce Banner/Hulk with such ease. Chris Smith, BGR, 29 Aug. 2022 In the 50th minute, Debinha scored with ease for the Courage, making it 2-0 and putting Portland in a difficult position on the road. oregonlive, 24 Aug. 2022 Born in Mexico and now living in Vancouver, Moreno-Garcia has been evolving across genres for years, moving with ease among fantasy, mystery, science fiction, horror and noir stories. Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2022 Reps went back-and-forth on Wednesday, with DeForest Buckner winning with ease as usual but others reaching plenty of draws. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Aug. 2022 The British alternative rock outfit leads the midweek U.K. chart with Euphoria (via Columbia), and does so with considerable ease. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 16 Aug. 2022
Verb
Just how much Groningen could ease Europe’s energy crisis is another question. Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Sep. 2022 Can Paxlovid reduce the risk for long COVID or ease its symptoms? Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2022 The ordinance, which underwent months of debate, amendments and committee meetings, is meant to ease regulations and allow some more industrial and commercial areas to offer truck parking lots. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2022 The goal is to raise $50,000, which would ease food insecurity for more than 10,000 people, according to Friedens, which was founded in 1978. Carol Deptolla, Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2022 The deal had helped ease soaring food prices by allowing Ukrainian farmers an outlet for their harvests. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 The state just reached record-setting electricity demand, and there was no sign that usage would ease. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2022 The document calls for a raft of measures to support the economy and further ease the impact of the restrictions in order to get the economy recovering to pre-war levels in 2024 and growing steadily after that. Fortune, 6 Sep. 2022 This summer, Las Vegas was hit with a couple of monsoonal rain storms that helped ease some of the region's drought, but also left incredible damage in their wake. Stephanie Elam, CNN, 5 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English ese, from Anglo-French eise, aise convenience, comfort, ultimately from Latin adjacent-, adjacens neighboring — more at adjacent

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ease was in the 13th century
IELTS BNC: 3093 COCA: 3229
ease

noun

ADJECTIVE | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEconsummate, great極為輕鬆;不費吹灰之力astonishing, incredible, remarkable, surprising極為輕鬆;容易得出奇alarming (especially BrE) 極為輕鬆I obtained the drugs with alarming ease.我輕而易舉地弄到了這些毒品。comparative, equal, relative相對容易;同樣容易All questions were handled with equal ease and mastery.所有的問題都被輕易且巧妙地解決了。apparent, seeming明顯不費力I was surprised at the apparent ease with which he got into the building.他顯然不費力地就進了大樓,這使我吃驚。contemptuous (especially BrE) 令人不屑的輕鬆She returned her opponent's serve with contemptuous ease.她不把對手放在眼裏,輕而易舉地回擊了對手的發球。practised/practiced因熟練而變得容易PREPOSITIONfor ease in為了⋯不費力The back of the garment is split for ease in walking.衣服後面的開衩是為了行走方便。for ease of為了便於⋯The whole machine is designed for ease of use.這整台機器的設計是為了使用方便。with ease輕鬆地They passed the exam with ease.他們輕鬆地通過了考試。ease of⋯的方便The car brings ease of access to the countryside.汽車方便了人們去鄉間。
ease

verb¹

1make sth less painful/serious/difficult紓緩ADVERB | VERB + EASE ADVERBconsiderably, greatly大大緩和The situation would be considerably eased if more money were made available.如果有更多的資金,情況會大為緩和。slightly, somewhat略微緩解gradually逐漸減輕away逐漸消失The pain in my leg gradually eased away.我腿部的疼痛逐漸消失了。VERB + EASEhelp (to)有助於緩和The new road should help ease traffic problems.新修的這條路應該會有助於改善交通狀況。begin to開始緩和Tensions between the two countries are beginning to ease.兩國間的緊張關係開始緩和。try to努力紓緩
ease

verb²

2move carefully小心移動ADVERB | PREPOSITION ADVERBcarefully, gently小心/緩緩移動slowly慢慢移動I eased myself slowly out of bed.我慢慢地挪下牀來。away, back, down, forward, etc.小心移走、向後移、向下移、向前移等Jean eased back on the pillows and relaxed.瓊輕輕仰靠到枕頭上讓自己放鬆。PREPOSITIONaway from從⋯小心移開into小心移進⋯He eased himself into the driving seat.他小心翼翼地挪到駕駛座上。out of從⋯小心移出She carefully eased the car out of the garage她小心地把車從車庫裏開出來。

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