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verb American English pronunciation: ease /iz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyease
he/she/iteases
present participleeasing
past tenseeased
past participleeased
 
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make a problem, bad situation, or pain less severe

    Sometimes a mild painkiller is enough to ease the pain.

    Colleagues are trying to ease the pressure she is under at work.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become less severe

      In the following two weeks tensions eased somewhat.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move somewhere slowly and carefully
    ease into/out of/up etc.:

    She eased into the seat behind the desk.

    ease yourself:

    Joseph eased himself off the bed.

    ease your way:

    I eased my way through the crowd.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to move something somewhere slowly and carefully
      ease out of/away from:

      Monica slowly eased the cork out of the champagne bottle.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to make a rule or punishment less severe

    Sanctions against the country should be eased.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to make a process easier

    These ideas helped to ease our transition to democracy.

  5. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to become more relaxed or less tight, or to make something do this

    Slowly his grip on her shoulder eased.

    I waited until the child's breathing eased.

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