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1    freedom from discomfort, worry, or anxiety  
2    lack of difficulty, labour, or awkwardness; facility  
3    rest, leisure, or relaxation  
4    freedom from poverty or financial embarrassment; affluence  
a life of ease     
5    lack of restraint, embarrassment, or stiffness  
his ease of manner disarmed us     
6      (Military)  
at ease  
a    (of a standing soldier, etc.) in a relaxed position with the feet apart rather than at attention  
b    a command to adopt such a position  
c    in a relaxed attitude or frame of mind  
7    to make or become less burdensome  
8    tr   to relieve (a person) of worry or care; comfort  
9    tr   to make comfortable or give rest to  
10    tr   to make less difficult; facilitate  
11    to move or cause to move into, out of, etc., with careful manipulation  
to ease a car into a narrow space     
12    when intr, often foll by: off or up   to lessen or cause to lessen in severity, pressure, tension, or strain; slacken, loosen, or abate  
13    ease oneself or ease nature  
Archaic, euphemistic   to urinate or defecate  
14    ease the helm     (Nautical)   to relieve the pressure on the rudder of a vessel, esp. by bringing the bow into the wind  
     (C13: from Old French aise ease, opportunity, from Latin adjacens neighbouring (area); see adjacent)  
  easer      n  

chapel of ease  
      n   a church built to accommodate those living at a distance from the parish church  
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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  
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  
,       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  
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)  
   at ease, at home, comfortable, easy, quiet, relaxed, settled, sure  

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