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intransitive and transitive
if something unpleasant eases, or if you ease it, it gradually improves or becomes less
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
The agreement will
ease the way for
other countries to join the EU.
intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition
to move yourself or something slowly and carefully into another place or position
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.
ease your grip
to hold something less tightly
ease somebody's mind
to make someone feel less worried about something
It would ease my mind to know you had arrived safely.
if you ease yourself or someone else into a new job etc, you start doing it gradually or help them to start
After the baby, she eased herself back into work.
if something, especially something that you do not like, eases off, it improves or gets less
The rain had eased off a bit.
Why don't you wait until the traffic eases off a little?
ease off on somebody
to stop being unpleasant to someone or asking so much from them
if a vehicle eases out, it slowly moves forward into the traffic
ease somebody ↔ out
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
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
The snow was easing up.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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