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#: {{usex|lang=en|In the middle of the room was a fluffy '''easy''' chair.   Now that I know it's taken care of, I can rest '''easy''' at night.}}
 
#: {{usex|lang=en|In the middle of the room was a fluffy '''easy''' chair.   Now that I know it's taken care of, I can rest '''easy''' at night.}}
 
# Requiring little [[skill]] or [[effort]], [[soft]].
 
# Requiring little [[skill]] or [[effort]], [[soft]].
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|title=[http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21583277-worlds-biggest-polluter-going-green-it-needs-speed-up-transition-can-china21583270-new-zealands-plan-regulate-designer-drugs-better-trying-ban-them-and-failing-new A new prescription]
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|passage=As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks '''easy''' next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.}}
 
#: {{usex|lang=en|The teacher gave an '''easy''' test to her students.}}
 
#: {{usex|lang=en|The teacher gave an '''easy''' test to her students.}}
 
# {{context|informal|pejorative|of a person|lang=en}} Consenting readily to [[sex]].
 
# {{context|informal|pejorative|of a person|lang=en}} Consenting readily to [[sex]].

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  • Rhymes: -iːzi

Etymology

From Middle English eesy, esy, partly from Middle English ese (ease) + -y, equivalent to ease +‎ -y, and partly from Old French aisié (eased, at ease, at leisure), past participle of aisier (to put at ease), from aise (empty space, elbow room, opportunity), of uncertain origin. See ease. Merged with Middle English ethe, eathe (not difficult, easy), from Old English Template:term/t, Template:term/t, from Proto-Germanic Template:term/t, Template:term/t, from Template:term/t, from Proto-Indo-European Template:term/t. Compare also Old Saxon Template:term/t, Old High German Template:term/t, Old Norse auðr (easy, vacant, empty). More at ease, eath.

Adjective

easy (comparative easier, superlative easiest)

  1. (now rare except in certain expressions) Comfortable; at ease.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 16, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “[…] She takes the whole thing with desperate seriousness. But the others are all easy and jovial—thinking about the good fare that is soon to be eaten, about the hired fly, about anything.”
    In the middle of the room was a fluffy easy chair.   Now that I know it's taken care of, I can rest easy at night.
  2. Requiring little skill or effort, soft.
    • 2013 August 10, “A new prescription”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.
    The teacher gave an easy test to her students.
  3. (informal, pejorative, of a person) Consenting readily to sex.
    She has a reputation for being easy; they say she's slept with half the senior class.

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Adverb

easy (comparative easier, superlative easiest)

  1. In a relaxed or casual manner
    'After his illness, John decided to take it easy.
  2. In a manner without strictness or harshness.
    Jane went easier on him after he broke his arm.
  3. Used an intensifier for large magnitudes.
    This project will cost 15 million dollars, easy.
  4. Not difficult, not hard.
    • 2013 June 22, “T time”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68: 
      The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them [] is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies. [] current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate [] “stateless income”: profit subject to tax in a jurisdiction that is neither the location of the factors of production that generate the income nor where the parent firm is domiciled.
    It's often easy to wake up but hard to get up.

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