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1‘the 15-year old beat all the adult players with ease’
effortlessness, no difficulty, no trouble, no bother, facility, facileness, simplicity
deftness, adroitness, dexterity, proficiency, mastery
2‘friends recall his ease of manner with children’
naturalness, casualness, informality, unceremoniousness, lack of reserve, lack of constraint, relaxedness, amiability, affability
unconcern, composure, aplomb, nonchalance, insouciance
3‘only in his sleep could he find any ease’
peace, peacefulness, calmness, tranquillity, composure, serenity, repose, restfulness, quiet, contentment, security, comfort
4‘a life of ease’
affluence, wealth, prosperity, prosperousness, luxury, opulence, plenty, sufficiency
comfort, cosiness, contentment, content, enjoyment, well-being, freedom from hardship, freedom from troubles
1‘he hoped the alcohol would ease his pain’
relieve, alleviate, mitigate, assuage, allay, soothe, soften, palliate, ameliorate, mollify, moderate, tone down, blunt, dull, deaden, numb, take the edge off
lessen, reduce, lighten, diminish
2‘it was dawn before the rain eased off’
abate, subside, die down, die away, die out, drop off, let up, slacken off, diminish, quieten, lessen, grow less, tail off, peter out, taper off, wane, ebb, relent, weaken, become weaker, come to an end
3‘concentrating on work helped to ease her mind’
calm, quieten, pacify, soothe, comfort, bring comfort to, give solace to, solace, console
hearten, gladden, uplift, encourage
4‘we want to ease our employees' adjustment to the new policy’
facilitate, make easy, make easier, expedite, speed up, assist, help, aid, advance, further, forward, smooth the way for, clear the way for, simplify
5‘he eased out the champagne cork with his thumbs’
guide, manoeuvre, inch, edge, steer, slide, slip, squeeze
‘when he woke he felt wonderfully at ease’
relaxed, calm, serene, tranquil, unworried, contented, content, happy
comfortable, secure, safe
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