- ease ease [iːz] verb1. [intransitive, transitive] if limits, rules, restrictions etc are eased, or someone eases them, they become less strict:
• India is easing rules for joint ventures with foreign concerns.2. [intransitive, transitive] if interest rates ease, or if a government or central bank eases them, they fall slightly:
• The central bank is prepared to ease interest rates further.3. [intransitive] if prices on a financial market ease, they fall slightly:
• Stock prices eased in a slow trading session.
• Shares in Tokyo Gas eased 2 to 565, and Marubeni lost 5 to 660.— easing noun [countable, uncountable] :
• the easing of restrictions on non-refundable fares
• Profit-taking in the oil sector led to an easing of prices.
• Rates are now around 7%, following a series of easings by the Reserve Bank of Australia.ease off also ease up phrasal verb [intransitive]to become less strong or less active:
• The demand for personal pensions has eased off slightly.
* * *Ⅰ.ease UK US /iːz/ verb► [I or T] to make something less severe, difficult, etc. or to become less severe, difficult, etc.: ease the burden/pressure/problem »
He made proposals to ease the tax burden on lower earners.»
The rise in interest rates may prompt the government to ease fiscal policy again.»
the tension/pressure/crisis eases► [I] FINANCE to become lower in value: a rate/price eases »
Interbank interest rates in the domestic money market eased in the week to Nov. 15.»
the dollar/market eases► [I or T] to move gradually to a different level, or to make something do this: ease back/down/upwards »
Freight rates eased upwards.Ⅱ.ease UK US /iːz/ noun [U]► the fact that something does not involve difficulty or effort: »
We rated the products for ease of use, quality, and price.»
Actuarial analysts can figure pension fund liabilities with ease.
Financial and business terms. 2012.