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ill at ease

  
, ill-at-ease  
    ease  
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ease     ( eases    3rd person present)   ( easing    present participle)   ( eased    past tense & past participle  )
1    If you do something with ease, you do it easily, without difficulty or effort.  
with ease      phrase   PHR after V     (Antonym: difficulty)    ...the ease with which young people could find work.     
2       n-uncount   If you talk about the ease of a particular activity, you are referring to the way that it has been made easier to do, or to the fact that it is already easy to do.  
N of n  
For ease of reference, only the relevant extracts of the regulations are included.     
3       n-uncount   Ease is the state of being very comfortable and able to live as you want, without any worries or problems.   (=comfort)  
She lived a life of ease.     
4       verb   If something unpleasant eases or if you ease it, it is reduced in degree, speed, or intensity.  
Tensions had eased...      V  
I gave him some brandy to ease the pain.      V n  
...editorials calling for the easing of sanctions.      V-ing  
5       verb   If you ease your way somewhere or ease somewhere, you move there slowly, carefully, and gently. If you ease something somewhere, you move it there slowly, carefully, and gently.  
I eased my way towards the door...      V way prep/adv  
She eased back into the chair and nodded...      V prep/adv  
He eased his foot off the accelerator...      V n prep/adv  
Leaphorn eased himself silently upward...      V pron-refl adv/prep  
I eased open the door.      V n with adj  
6    If you are at ease, you are feeling confident and relaxed, and are able to talk to people without feeling nervous or anxious. If you put someone at their ease, you make them feel at ease.  
at ease      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
It is essential to feel at ease with your therapist..., Both men were unwelcoming, making little attempt to put Kathryn or her companions at their ease.     
7    If you are ill at ease   , you feel rather uncomfortable, anxious, or worried.      
ill at ease             phrase   usu v-link PHR, PHR after v, oft PHR with n  
He appeared embarrassed and ill at ease with the sustained applause that greeted him.      ease off      phrasal verb   If something eases off, or a person or thing eases it off, it is reduced in degree, speed, or intensity.  
These days, the pressure has eased off...      V P  
Kelly eased off his pace as they reached the elevator.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P   ease up  
1       phrasal verb   If something eases up, it is reduced in degree, speed, or intensity.  
The rain had eased up...      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you ease up, you start to make less effort.  
He told supporters not to ease up even though he's leading in the presidential race...      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If you ease upon someone or something, your behaviour or attitude towards them becomes less severe or strict.  
INFORMAL   Officials have eased up on the press restrictions.      V P on n  

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ease     ( eases    3rd person present)   ( easing    present participle)   ( eased    past tense & past participle  )
1    If you do something with ease, you do it easily, without difficulty or effort.  
with ease      phrase   PHR after V     (Antonym: difficulty)    ...the ease with which young people could find work.     
2       n-uncount   If you talk about the ease of a particular activity, you are referring to the way that it has been made easier to do, or to the fact that it is already easy to do.  
N of n  
For ease of reference, only the relevant extracts of the regulations are included.     
3       n-uncount   Ease is the state of being very comfortable and able to live as you want, without any worries or problems.   (=comfort)  
She lived a life of ease.     
4       verb   If something unpleasant eases or if you ease it, it is reduced in degree, speed, or intensity.  
Tensions had eased...      V  
I gave him some brandy to ease the pain.      V n  
...editorials calling for the easing of sanctions.      V-ing  
5       verb   If you ease your way somewhere or ease somewhere, you move there slowly, carefully, and gently. If you ease something somewhere, you move it there slowly, carefully, and gently.  
I eased my way towards the door...      V way prep/adv  
She eased back into the chair and nodded...      V prep/adv  
He eased his foot off the accelerator...      V n prep/adv  
Leaphorn eased himself silently upward...      V pron-refl adv/prep  
I eased open the door.      V n with adj  
6    If you are at ease, you are feeling confident and relaxed, and are able to talk to people without feeling nervous or anxious. If you put someone at their ease, you make them feel at ease.  
at ease      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
It is essential to feel at ease with your therapist..., Both men were unwelcoming, making little attempt to put Kathryn or her companions at their ease.     
7    If you are ill at ease, you feel rather uncomfortable, anxious, or worried.  
ill at ease      phrase   usu v-link PHR, PHR after v, oft PHR with n  
He appeared embarrassed and ill at ease with the sustained applause that greeted him.      ease off      phrasal verb   If something eases off, or a person or thing eases it off, it is reduced in degree, speed, or intensity.  
These days, the pressure has eased off...      V P  
Kelly eased off his pace as they reached the elevator.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P   ease up  
1       phrasal verb   If something eases up, it is reduced in degree, speed, or intensity.  
The rain had eased up...      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you ease up, you start to make less effort.  
He told supporters not to ease up even though he's leading in the presidential race...      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If you ease upon someone or something, your behaviour or attitude towards them becomes less severe or strict.  
INFORMAL   Officials have eased up on the press restrictions.      V P on n  


ill at ease   , ill-at-ease  
    ease  

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ill at ease

  
  
anxious, awkward, disquieted, disturbed, edgy, faltering, fidgety, hesitant, like a fish out of water, nervous, neurotic, on edge, on pins and needles     (informal)   on tenterhooks, out of place, restless, self-conscious, strange, tense, twitchy     (informal)   uncomfortable, uneasy, unquiet, unrelaxed, unsettled, unsure, wired     (slang)  
  
Antonyms     
   at ease, at home, comfortable, easy, quiet, relaxed, settled, sure  

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ease  
      n  
1    affluence, calmness, comfort, content, contentment, enjoyment, happiness, leisure, peace, peace of mind, quiet, quietude, relaxation, repose, rest, restfulness, serenity, tranquillity  
2    easiness, effortlessness, facility, readiness, simplicity  
3    flexibility, freedom, informality, liberty, naturalness, unaffectedness, unconstraint, unreservedness  
4    aplomb, composure, insouciance, nonchalance, poise, relaxedness  
      vb  
5    abate, allay, alleviate, appease, assuage, calm, comfort, disburden, lessen, lighten, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacify, palliate, quiet, relax, relent, relieve, slacken, soothe, still, tranquillize  
6    aid, assist, expedite, facilitate, forward, further, give a leg up     (informal)   lessen the labour of, make easier, simplify, smooth, speed up  
7    edge, guide, inch, manoeuvre, move carefully, slide, slip, squeeze, steer  
  
Antonyms     
,       n  
1    concern, difficulty, discomfort, hardship, irritation, pain, poverty, tribulation  
2    arduousness, awkwardness, clumsiness, difficulty, effort, exertion, toil  
3    awkwardness, clumsiness, constraint, formality  
4    agitation, awkwardness, clumsiness, discomfort, disturbance, tension  
      vb  
5 & 6    aggravate, discomfort, exacerbate, hinder, irritate, make nervous, make uneasy, retard, worsen  


ill at ease     
anxious, awkward, disquieted, disturbed, edgy, faltering, fidgety, hesitant, like a fish out of water, nervous, neurotic, on edge, on pins and needles     (informal)   on tenterhooks, out of place, restless, self-conscious, strange, tense, twitchy     (informal)   uncomfortable, uneasy, unquiet, unrelaxed, unsettled, unsure, wired     (slang)  
  
Antonyms     
   at ease, at home, comfortable, easy, quiet, relaxed, settled, sure  

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