a. Capable of being accomplished or acquired with ease; posing no difficulty: an easy victory; an easy problem.
b. Likely to happen by accident or without intention: It’s easy to slip on the wet floor. It’s easy to push the wrong button.
2. Requiring or exhibiting little effort or endeavor; undemanding: took the easy way out of her problems; wasn’t satisfied with easy answers.
3. Free from worry, anxiety, trouble, or pain: My mind was easy, knowing that I had done my best.
a. Affording comfort or relief; soothing: soft light that was easy on the eyes.
b. Prosperous; well-off: easy living; easy circumstances.
5. Causing little hardship or distress: an easy penalty; a habit that isn’t easy to give up.
6. Socially at ease: an easy, good-natured manner.
a. Relaxed in attitude; easygoing: an easy disposition.
b. Not strict or severe; lenient: an easy teacher; easy standards.
8. Readily exploited, imposed on, or tricked: an easy mark; an easy victim.
a. Not hurried or forced; moderate: an easy pace; an easy walk around the block.
b. Light; gentle: an easy tap on the shoulder.
10. Not steep or abrupt; gradual: an easy climb.
a. Less in demand and therefore readily obtainable: Commodities are easier this quarter.
b. Plentiful and therefore at low interest rates: easy money.
12. Promiscuous; loose.
1. Without haste or agitation: Relax and take it easy for a while.
2. With little effort; easily: success that came too easy.
3. In a restrained or moderate manner: Go easy on the butter.
4. Without much hardship or cost: got off easy with only a small fine.
Capable of being accomplished or done with no difficulty.
[Middle English esi, from Old French aaisie, past participle of aaisier, to put at ease : a-, to (from Latin ad-, ad-) + aise, ease; see ease.]
These adjectives mean requiring little effort or posing little if any difficulty. Easy applies to tasks that require little effort: a recipe that is easy to prepare; an easy hike around the lake. Simple implies a lack of complexity that facilitates understanding or performance: instructions that are simple to follow; a simple problem that took little time to fix. Facile stresses fluency stemming from preparation: the author’s facile use of literary conventions. Often, though, the word implies glibness or insincerity, superficiality, or lack of care: a supervisor’s facile dismissal of an employee suggestion. Effortless refers to performance in which the application of great strength or skill makes the execution seem easy: wrote effortless prose. See Also Synonyms at comfortable.
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1. not requiring much labour or effort; not difficult; simple: an easy job.
2. free from pain, care, or anxiety: easy in one’s mind.
3. not harsh or restricting; lenient: easy laws.
4. tolerant and undemanding; easy-going: an easy disposition.
5. readily influenced or persuaded; pliant: she was an easy victim of his wiles.
6. not tight or constricting; loose: an easy fit.
7. not strained or extreme; moderate; gentle: an easy pace; an easy ascent.
a. readily obtainable
9. informal ready to fall in with any suggestion made; not predisposed: he is easy about what to do.
10. slang sexually available
11. easy on the eye informal pleasant to look at; attractive, esp sexually
12. woman of easy virtue a sexually available woman, esp a prostitute
13. informal in an easy or relaxed manner
14. easy does it informal go slowly and carefully; be careful
a. to use in moderation
b. to treat leniently
16. (Military) stand easy military a command to soldiers standing at ease that they may relax further
a. to avoid stress or undue hurry
b. to remain calm; not become agitated or angry
(Rowing) (usually imperative) Also: easy-oar to stop rowing
[C12: from Old French aisié, past participle of aisier to relieve, ease]
Usage: Easy is not used as an adverb by careful speakers and writers except in certain set phrases: to take it easy; easy does it. Where a fixed expression is not involved, the usual adverbial form of easily is preferred: this polish goes on more easily (not easier) than the other
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adj.andadv. eas•i•er, eas•i•est. adj.
1. requiring no great labor or effort; not hard or difficult.
2. free from pain, discomfort, worry, or care: an easy mind.
3. providing or conducive to ease or comfort; comfortable.
4. easygoing; relaxed: an easy disposition.
5. not harsh or strict; lenient.
6. not burdensome or oppressive: easy terms on a loan.
7. not difficult to influence or overcome; compliant: easy prey.
8. free from formality, constraint, or embarrassment: an easy manner.
9. effortlessly clear and fluent: an easy style of writing.
10. not tight or constricting: an easy fit.
11. not forced or hurried; moderate: an easy pace.
12. not steep; gradual.
13. not difficult to obtain; in plentiful supply and often weak in price.
14. in an easy manner; easily; comfortably: to go easy; to take it easy.
a. to act with moderation in using or consuming: Take it easy on the popcorn.
b. to treat with clemency: to go easy on a prisoner.
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Something that is easy can be done or achieved without effort or difficulty, because it is not complicated and causes no problems.
Both sides had secured easy victories earlier in the day.
The task was not easy.
The comparative and superlative forms of easy are easier and easiest.
This is much easier than it sounds.
This was the easiest stage.
You can say that it is easy to do something. For example, instead of saying ‘Riding a camel is easy’, you can say ‘It is easy to ride a camel’. You can also say ‘A camel is easy to ride‘.
It is always very easy to be cynical about politics.
The house is easy to keep clean.
Easy is not an adverb, except in the expressions go easy, take it easy, and easier said than done. If you want to say that something is done without difficulty, you say that it is done easily.
Put things in a place where you can find them quickly and easily.
Belgium easily beat Mexico 3-0.
The comparative and superlative forms of easily are more easily and most easily.
Milk is digested more easily when it is skimmed.
This is the format that is most easily understood by customers.
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