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NOUN (5)

1. freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort;
- Example: "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"
- Example: "they put it into containers for ease of transportation"
- Example: "the very easiness of the deed held her back"
[syn: ease, easiness, simplicity, simpleness]

2. a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state;
- Example: "a life of luxury and ease"
- Example: "he had all the material comforts of this world"
[syn: ease, comfort]

3. the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress);
- Example: "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"
- Example: "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
[syn: relief, ease]

4. freedom from constraint or embarrassment;
- Example: "I am never at ease with strangers"
[syn: ease, informality]

5. freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility);
- Example: "took his repose by the swimming pool"
[syn: rest, ease, repose, relaxation]


VERB (4)

1. move gently or carefully;
- Example: "He eased himself into the chair"

2. lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate;
- Example: "ease the pain in your legs"
[syn: comfort, ease]

3. make easier;
- Example: "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"
[syn: facilitate, ease, alleviate]

4. lessen the intensity of or calm;
- Example: "The news eased my conscience"
- Example: "still the fears"
[syn: still, allay, relieve, ease]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ease \Ease\ ([=e]z), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Eased ([=e]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Easing.] [OE. esen, eisen, OF. aisier. See Ease, n.] 1. To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses; to relieve from toil or care; to give rest, repose, or tranquillity to; -- often with of; as, to ease of pain; to ease the body or mind. [1913 Webster] Eased [from] the putting off These troublesome disguises which we wear. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Sing, and I 'll ease thy shoulders of thy load. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To render less painful or oppressive; to mitigate; to alleviate. [1913 Webster] My couch shall ease my complaint. --Job vii. 13. [1913 Webster] 3. To release from pressure or restraint; to move gently; to lift slightly; to shift a little; as, to ease a bar or nut in machinery. [1913 Webster] 4. To entertain; to furnish with accommodations. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] To ease off, To ease away (Naut.), to slacken a rope gradually. To ease a ship (Naut.), to put the helm hard, or regulate the sail, to prevent pitching when closehauled. To ease the helm (Naut.), to put the helm more nearly amidships, to lessen the effect on the ship, or the strain on the wheel rope. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. Syn: To relieve; disburden; quiet; calm; tranquilize; assuage; alleviate; allay; mitigate; appease; pacify. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ease \Ease\ ([=e]z), n. [OE. ese, eise, F. aise; akin to Pr. ais, aise, OIt. asio, It. agio; of uncertain origin; cf. L. ansa handle, occasion, opportunity. Cf. Agio, Disease.] 1. Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation; entertainment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] They him besought Of harbor and or ease as for hire penny. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as: (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation; as, ease of body. [1913 Webster] Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease. --Herbert. [1913 Webster] Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching. --Swift. (b) Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security; as, ease of mind. [1913 Webster] Among these nations shalt thou find no ease. --Deut. xxviii. 65. [1913 Webster] Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. --Luke xii. 19. (c) Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty, embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness; -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of behavior, of address. [1913 Webster] True ease in writing comes from art, not chance. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Whate'er he did was done with so much ease, In him alone 't was natural to please. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] At ease, free from pain, trouble, or anxiety. "His soul shall dwell at ease." --Ps. xxv. 12. Chapel of ease. See under Chapel. Ill at ease, not at ease, disquieted; suffering; anxious. To stand at ease (Mil.), to stand in a comfortable attitude in one's place in the ranks. With ease, easily; without much effort. Syn: Rest; quiet; repose; comfortableness; tranquillity; facility; easiness; readiness. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ease n 1: freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; "he 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" [syn: ease, easiness, simplicity, simpleness] [ant: difficultness, difficulty] 2: a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; "a life of luxury and ease"; "he had all the material comforts of this world" [syn: ease, comfort] 3: the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease" [syn: relief, ease] 4: freedom from constraint or embarrassment; "I am never at ease with strangers" [syn: ease, informality] 5: freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); "took his repose by the swimming pool" [syn: rest, ease, repose, relaxation] v 1: move gently or carefully; "He eased himself into the chair" 2: lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your legs" [syn: comfort, ease] 3: make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge" [syn: facilitate, ease, alleviate] 4: lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears" [syn: still, allay, relieve, ease]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

485 Moby Thesaurus words for "ease": Atticism, Bohemianism, Easy Street, abandon, abate, abatement, abet, abundance, acceptance, adeptness, adroitness, advance, affability, affluence, aid, alienation, allay, allayment, alleviate, alleviation, allow for, ameliorate, amusement, analgesia, anesthesia, anesthetize, anesthetizing, animal pleasure, aplomb, appease, appeasement, appropriateness, artfulness, artlessness, assist, assistance, assuage, assuagement, assure, attenuate, avail, bail out, bate, be light, bear a hand, bear up, bed of roses, befriend, benefit, benumb, better, bodily pleasure, calm, calm down, calming, calmness, carnal delight, casualness, chasteness, chastity, cheer, clarity, classicalism, classicism, clear, clear coast, clear road, clear the way, clearness, cleverness, clover, color, comeliness, comfort, common touch, compose, composure, condole with, content, contentedness, contentment, convenience, cool, cordiality, correctness, coziness, cradle, creature comforts, cushion, deaden, deaden the pain, deadening, decrease, deftness, diffuse, dignity, dilute, diminish, diminishment, diminution, directness, disburden, discrimination, disencumber, disengage, disjoin, dispatch, disperse, distinction, do good, doctor, dulcify, dull, dulling, ease matters, ease off, ease up, easement, easiness, easing, easy circumstances, easy going, easygoingness, efficiency, effortlessness, elegance, elegancy, encourage, endpleasure, enjoyment, entertainment, entire satisfaction, euphoria, even out, expedite, expertise, expertness, explain, extenuate, facileness, facilitate, facility, familiarity, favor, felicitousness, felicity, finish, fittingness, fleshpots, flow, flowing periods, fluency, fluff, folksiness, foment, forepleasure, forward, free, free time, freedom, fruition, fulfillment, fun, further, gentle, give a boost, give a hand, give a lift, give comfort, give help, give relief, gloss over, good offices, good taste, goof-off time, grace, gracefulness, gracility, gracious life, gracious living, graciousness, gratification, grease, grease the ways, grease the wheels, great satisfaction, guide, gusto, happiness, hasten, have little weight, hearten, hearty enjoyment, help, help along, highroad, homeliness, homeyness, hush, idle hours, idleness, ignore, improve, inactivity, inch, inertia, inertness, informality, informalness, ingenuousness, insouciance, intellectual pleasure, intelligibility, irregularity, joie de vivre, keen pleasure, kick the beam, kicks, knack, knead, lack of hindrance, lap of luxury, lax, laxate, lay, leisure, lend a hand, lend one aid, lessen, lessening, let down, let go, let up, let up on, liberate, life of ease, lighten, limber, limber up, limpidity, loaves and fishes, loose, loosen, looseness, lubricate, lucidity, lull, lulling, luxury, make allowance for, make clear, make light, make lighter, make way for, manipulate, mash, massage, mellow, milden, mince, ministration, ministry, mitigate, mitigation, moderation, mollification, mollify, naturalness, neatness, nonchalance, numb, numbing, odd moments, off-load, offhandedness, office, offices, oil, open the way, open up, opulence, pacify, pad, palliate, palliation, passivity, pave the way, peace, peace and quiet, peace of mind, peacefulness, pellucidity, perspicuity, physical pleasure, plain sailing, plainness, plane sailing, pleasure, plenty, plump, poetry, poise, polish, poultice, pour balm into, pour oil on, prepare the way, proffer aid, promote, propriety, prosperity, prosperousness, protect, protection, pulp, purity, put at ease, quell, quicken, quiet, quiet pleasure, quieten, rally, reassure, reclaim, reconcilement, reconciliation, redeem, reduce, reduce weight, reduction, refinement, relax, relaxation, relaxedness, release, relief, relieve, relish, remedy, remit, remove friction, render assistance, repose, rescue, resignation, rest, restfulness, restore, restraint, resuscitate, retirement, revive, rock, rock to sleep, royal road, run interference for, salve, salving, satisfaction, save, scatter, security, seemliness, self-gratification, self-indulgence, semiretirement, sensual pleasure, sensuous pleasure, serenity, service, set at ease, set up, sexual pleasure, shake up, simplicity, simplify, skillfulness, slack, slack off, slack up, slacken, slake, sleep, slip, slow down, slur over, smash, smooth, smooth down, smooth over, smooth road, smooth sailing, smooth the way, smoothen, smoothness, soap the ways, sociability, soft-pedal, soften, soften up, softening, solace, solid comfort, soothe, soothing, spare time, speed, spontaneity, squash, stabilize, steady, steer, still, straight sailing, straightforwardness, stupe, subdue, subduement, success, succor, supple, support, sweetness of life, sympathize with, take in tow, taste, tastefulness, tenderize, terseness, the affluent life, the good life, therapy, thriving, thriving condition, time, time to kill, time to spare, titillation, tone down, tranquilize, tranquillity, tune down, unaffectedness, unballast, unbar, unbend, unblock, unbrace, unburden, unbuttoned ease, unceremoniousness, unclog, uncomplexity, uncomplicatedness, unconcern, unconstrainedness, unconstraint, unconventionality, unglue, unjam, unlade, unlax, unleash, unload, unpretentiousness, unrestraint, unstick, unstrain, unstring, untighten, unwind, upward mobility, varnish, velvet, voluptuousness, water down, weaken, weal, wealth, weigh lightly, welfare, well-being, whitewash, zest
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

EASE Easy Access System Europe (Novell, FTP)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

Ease General purpose parallel programming language, combining the process constructs of CSP and the distributed data structures of Linda. "Programming with Ease: Semiotic Definition of the Language", S.E. Zenith, Yale U TR-809, Jul 1990.