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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyease off
he/she/iteases off
present participleeasing off
past tenseeased off
past participleeased off
  1. 1
    to go more slowly, especially when you are driving or running fast

    Ease off a bit as you go around the bend.

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  2. 2

    ease off


    ease up

    if something unpleasant or annoying eases off, it becomes less unpleasant or annoying

    If the rain eases off overnight, we’ll leave in the morning.

    The pain should ease off after a couple of hours.

  3. 3
    to give something less effort or energy, especially when you have been working very hard

    If she doesn’t ease off at work, she’ll make herself sick.

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