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at ease

without worry or anxiety. The performer is at ease on the stage. After she had met a few people, Mary felt at ease with the group.
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at ease

relaxed and comfortable The girl behind the bar was completely at ease, chatting with her customers as she mixed their drinks.
Usage notes: often used in the form put someone at ease (make someone comfortable): We were greeted by a young woman who immediately put us at ease.
Opposite of: ill at ease
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at ease

1. Also, at one's ease. Comfortable, relaxed, unembarrassed, as in I always feel at ease in my grandmother's house. The related idiom put at ease means "make comfortable, reassure," as in I was worried that the letter would not arrive in time, but the postmaster put me at ease . [1300s] For the antonym, see ill at ease.
2. In a relaxed position in military ranks. The phrase is often used as a command for troops standing at attention to relax, as in At ease, squadron. The command stand at ease is slightly different. A British military dictionary of 1802 described it as standing with the right foot drawn back about six inches and one's weight put on it. An American version is to stand with one's feet slightly apart and the hands clasped behind one's back.
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at ease

1. In a relaxed position, especially standing silently at rest with the right foot stationary: put the soldiers at ease while waiting for inspection.
2. Used as a command for troops to assume a relaxed position.
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