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verb ease pronunciation in British English /iːz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleeasing
past tenseeased
past participleeased
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  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
    [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.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to make a rule or punishment less severe
    Sanctions against the country should be eased.
    The finance ministry has eased restrictions on the movement of capital.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to make a process easier
    These ideas helped to ease our transition to democracy.


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