ease (noun, verb) past tense: eased LISTEN
Ease is freedom from difficulty or worry.
- The manager said, "Let me put your minds at ease. Our store is not closing, so your jobs are safe."
- The runner won the race with ease.
Ease also means ‘to cause to become less difficult, severe or painful.’
- The pilot's calm voice eased the passengers' fears.
- The aspirin eased the pain in Tom's back.
- The peace talks eased tensions between the two countries.
When soldiers are standing at attention (erect with their arms at their sides) an officer may give this command: “At ease.” That means that they can move to a more relaxed stance.
In pop culture
The Wiz is a musical based on The Wizard of Oz. Watch Diana Ross and Michael Jackson singing “Ease on Down the Road.” It’s sure to make you smile!