ease-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: (cause to) lessen in intensity, difficulty, or pain

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP[agent] EASE NP[patient] NP[patient] EASE Includes: EASE UP, EASE OFF

She eased the process of change by taking small steps that supported her needs.
You ease your conscience with recycled toilet paper once in a while.
Good conscience demands action to ease poverty.
Glucosamine consistently improved joint function and eased pain.
Under Bush, mine-safety enforcement eased.
I am really getting ahead in some projects and I feel the work load easing up.
We should ease up a bit on this issue because i think it is costing us elections.
Ease off the gas pedal!
It makes sense to ease off and back down. Conflicts not are worth the wasted time.

VerbNet: cheat-10.6-1,other_cos-45.4
FrameNet: Cure
PropBank: ease.02,ease.04
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 4
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
ease_up 2, 3
ease_off 1, 2

Sense Number 2: decrease in quantitative value

Figures eased again, with average readings back to where they were last year.
Yoghurt prices eased a fraction in November but were still 1.5% higher than a year ago.
US dollars eased from 1.73 per cent on April 29 to 1.58 per cent on May 6.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: ease.01

Sense Number 3: (cause to) move smoothly without hinderance or objection

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1 EASE PP{P NP2[location]} NP1 EASE ONESELF PP{P NP[location]}

She eased the key into the lock, anxious not to wake anyone.
He eased out the chair.
Chinese team eased into the quarter-finals of women's soccer.
We eased into position on the northern edge of the group and set the baits.
The ship steadily eased into the water and out of the outer harbor.
I found it very sad when Latin was gradually eased out of the school curriculum.
I pulled away and eased into the outer lane, swung around and pointed home.
The goblin story of his childhood eased into the back of his mind, ready to be retold.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: ease.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1