The word "ease" is related to the adjective "easy."
You can use "ease" as a noun when an action is not difficult:
- She does everything with ease. (She’s good at what she does.)
- They made their flight with ease. (They had plenty of time to get to the airport.)
- Harry paid back the loan with ease. (It was easy for him to pay back the money.)
- The ease with which he plays tennis is remarkable for someone who is 80 years old.
- Do you feel at ease with your decision, or are you still nervous?
- The doctor put the patient at ease by explaining the procedure.
You can also use "ease" as a verb. In this case, it means to put something into a location carefully:
- Construction workers eased the beams into place.
- Ease up on the accelerator. (Gently reduce foot pressure on the gas pedal.)
- The satellite was eased into a lower orbit.
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This page was first published on September 5, 2013. It was updated on September 6, 2016.