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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.]
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easing

(ˈiːzɪŋ)
n
relaxation; the act of making something less severe or rigorous
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.easing - a change for the better
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
disembarrassment - something that extricates you from embarrassment
breath of fresh air - a welcome relief; "the new management was like a breath of fresh air"
2.easing - the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)easing - the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
reduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something
spasmolysis - the relaxation or relief of muscle spasms
detente - the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)
palliation - easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause
liberalisation, liberalization, relaxation - the act of making less strict
decompressing, decompression - relieving pressure (especially bringing a compressed person gradually back to atmospheric pressure)
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Kutuzov as far as was in his power, instead of trying to check the movement of the French as was desired in Petersburg and by the Russian army generals, directed his whole activity here, as he had done at Tarutino and Vyazma, to hastening it on while easing the movement of our army.
"Listen," said Tarzan, easing up a trifle, but not releasing his hold.
All this the gentleman was observing, and with astonishment, more especially when, after having wiped himself clean, his head, face, beard, and helmet, Don Quixote put it on, and settling himself firmly in his stirrups, easing his sword in the scabbard, and grasping his lance, he cried, "Now, come who will, here am I, ready to try conclusions with Satan himself in person!"
Helen was surprised to see how genuine both shock and problem were, but she could think of no way of easing the difficulty except by going on talking.
'It puts me quite past my patience too!' muttered I, getting up; and, seizing the poker, I dashed it repeatedly into the cinders, and stirred them up with unwonted energy; thus easing my irritation under pretence of mending the fire.
Alec saw it, guessed how it came there, and after tea insisted on easing the pain which she would hardly confess.
"Again my lack of experience, I suppose!" said Margaret, easing away from the subject.