if something unpleasant eases, or if you ease it, it gradually improves or becomes less
improve[intransitive and transitive]
ease the pain/stress/tension
He'll give you something to ease the pain.
ease the pressure/burden
This should ease the burden on busy teachers.
measures to ease congestion in the city
Her breathing had eased.
to make a process, happen more easily [= smooth]:
The agreement will ease the way for other countries to join the EU.
to move yourself or something slowly and carefully into another place or position:
move[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
She eased her shoes off.
ease yourself into/through etc something
He eased himself into a chair.
ease your way past/through etc something
He eased his way through the crowd.
Jean eased back on the pillows and relaxed.
to hold something less tightly
to make someone feel less worried about something:
It would ease my mind to know you had arrived safely.
ease (somebody) into somethingphrasal verb
After the baby, she eased herself back into work.
ease offphrasal verb
if something, especially something that you do not like, eases off, it improves or gets less [= ease up]:
The rain had eased off a bit.
Why don't you wait until the traffic eases off a little?
to stop being unpleasant to someone or asking so much from them
ease outphrasal verb
if a vehicle eases out, it slowly moves forward into the traffic
to make someone leave a job, a position of authority etc, in a way that makes it seem as if they have chosen to leave
ease upphrasal verb
to work less hard or do something with less energy than before:
Just relax and ease up a little.
to start doing something less
ease up on
You should ease up on the whisky.
to improve or get less [= ease off]:
The snow was easing up.