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ease

 (ēz)
n.
1. The condition of being comfortable or relieved.
2.
a. Freedom from pain, worry, or agitation: Her mind was at ease knowing that the children were safe.
b. Freedom from constraint or embarrassment; naturalness.
3.
a. Freedom from difficulty, hardship, or effort: rose through the ranks with apparent ease.
b. Readiness or dexterity in performance; facility: a pianist who played the sonata with ease.
4. Freedom from financial difficulty; affluence: a life of luxury and ease.
5. A state of rest, relaxation, or leisure: He took his ease by the pond.
v. eased, eas·ing, eas·es
v.tr.
1. To free from pain, worry, or agitation: eased his conscience by returning the stolen money.
2.
a. To lessen the discomfort or pain of: shifted position to ease her back.
b. To alleviate; assuage: prescribed a drug to ease the pain.
3. To give respite from: eased the staff's burden by hiring more people.
4. To slacken the strain, pressure, or tension of; loosen: ease off a cable.
5. To reduce the difficulty or trouble of: eased the entrance requirements.
6. To move or maneuver slowly and carefully: eased the car into a narrow space; eased the director out of office.
v.intr.
1. To lessen, as in discomfort, pressure, or stress: pain that never eased.
2. To move or proceed with little effort: eased through life doing as little as possible.
Idiom:
at ease
1. In a relaxed position, especially standing silently at rest with the right foot stationary: put the soldiers at ease while waiting for inspection.
2. Used as a command for troops to assume a relaxed position.

[Middle English ese, from Old French aise, elbowroom, physical comfort, from Vulgar Latin *adiacēs, adiac-*adiac-, alteration of Latin adiacēns, adiacent-, present participle of adiacēre, to lie near; see adjacent.]
Translations
في راحَة واطمِئـْنـان
afslappetrolig
à l’aiseà l'aise
áhyggjulaus, afslappaîur

ease

(iːz) noun
1. freedom from pain or from worry or hard work. a lifetime of ease.
2. freedom from difficulty. He passed his exam with ease.
3. naturalness. ease of manner.
verb
1. to free from pain, trouble or anxiety. A hot bath eased his tired limbs.
2. (often with off) to make or become less strong, less severe, less fast etc. The pain has eased (off); The driver eased off as he approached the town.
3. to move (something heavy or awkward) gently or gradually in or out of position. They eased the wardrobe carefully up the narrow staircase.
ˈeasily adverb
1. without difficulty. She won the race easily.
2. by far. This is easily the best book I've read this year.
3. very probably. It may easily rain tomorrow.
ˈeasiness noun
ˈeasy adjective
1. not difficult. This is an easy job (to do).
2. free from pain, trouble, anxiety etc. He had an easy day at the office.
3. friendly. an easy manner/smile.
4. relaxed; leisurely. The farmer walked with an easy stride.
interjection
a command to go or act gently. Easy! You'll fall if you run too fast.
easy chair
a chair that is soft and comfortable, eg an armchair.
ˌeasy-ˈgoing adjective
not inclined to worry.
at ease
free from anxiety or embarrassment. He is completely at ease among strangers.
easier said than done
more difficult than it at first seems. Getting seats for the theatre is easier said than done.
go easy on
to be careful with. Go easy on the wine – there won't be enough for the rest of the guests.
stand at ease
(eg soldiers) to stand with legs apart and hands clasped behind the back.
take it easy
not to work etc hard or energetically; to avoid using much effort. The doctor told him to take it easy.
take one's ease
to make oneself comfortable; to relax. There he was – taking his ease in his father's chair!
References in classic literature ?
Yes; for Arthur was at ease about Hetty--not quite at ease about the past, for a certain burning of the ears would come whenever he thought of the scenes with Adam last August, but at ease about her present lot.
In her memories of Vronsky there always entered a certain element of awkwardness, though he was in the highest degree well-bred and at ease, as though there were some false note--not in Vronsky, he was very simple and nice, but in herself, while with Levin she felt perfectly simple and clear.
His legs were weary, but his mind was at ease, free from the presentiment of change.