The difference between Ability and Ease

When used as nouns, ability means suitableness, whereas ease means ability, the means to do something, particularly: opportunity, chance. skill, dexterity, facility.

Ease is also verb with the meaning: to free (something) from pain, worry, agitation, etc.

check bellow for the other definitions of Ability and Ease

  1. Ability as a noun (obsolete):


  2. Ability as a noun (uncountable):

    The quality or state of being able; capacity to do or of doing something; having the necessary power.


    "This phone has the ability to have its software upgraded wirelessly."

    "This wood has the ability to fight off insects, fungus, and mold for a considerable time."

  3. Ability as a noun:

    The legal wherewithal to act.

  4. Ability as a noun (now, limited to, _, Scottish, _, dialects):

    Physical power.

  5. Ability as a noun (archaic):

    Financial ability.

  6. Ability as a noun (uncountable):

    A unique power of the mind; a faculty.

  7. Ability as a noun (countable):

    A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude.


    "They are persons of ability, who will go far in life."

    "She has an uncanny ability to defuse conflict."

  1. Ease as a noun (obsolete):

    Ability, the means to do something, particularly: Opportunity, chance. Skill, dexterity, facility.


    "He played the ukelele with ease."

  2. Ease as a noun (pejorative, archaic):

    Comfort, a state or quality lacking unpleasantness, particularly: Freedom from pain, hardship, and annoyance, sometimes idleness, sloth. Freedom from worry and concern; peace; sometimes indifference. Freedom from difficulty. Freedom from effort, leisure, rest. Freedom from financial effort or worry; affluence. Freedom from embarrassment or awkwardness; grace.


    "She enjoyed the ease of living in a house where the servants did all the work."

    "The pension set her mind [[at ease at ease]]."

    "He passed all the exams with ease."

    "We took our ease on the patio."

    "His inheritance catapulted him into a life of ease."

    "She dealt with the faculty with combined authority and ease."

  3. Ease as a noun (euphemistic, obsolete):

    Relief, an end to discomfort, particularly: Followed by or : release from or reduction of pain, hardship, or annoyance. Release from intestinal discomfort: defecation. Release from constraint, obligation, or a constrained position. Additional space provided to allow greater movement.


    "Take one pill every 12 hours to provide ease from pain."

    "At ease, soldier!"

    "Add some ease to the waist measurement."

  4. Ease as a noun (obsolete):

    A convenience; a luxury.

  5. Ease as a noun (obsolete):

    A relief; an easement.

  1. Ease as a verb (transitive):

    To free (something) from pain, worry, agitation, etc.


    "He eased his conscience by confessing."

  2. Ease as a verb (transitive):

    To alleviate, assuage or lessen (pain).


    "He loosened his shoe to ease the pain."

  3. Ease as a verb (transitive):

    To give respite to (someone).


    "The provision of extra staff eased their workload."

  4. Ease as a verb (nautical, transitive):

    To loosen or slacken the tension on a line.


    "We eased the [[boom vang]], then lowered the sail."

  5. Ease as a verb (transitive):

    To reduce the difficulty of (something).


    "We had to ease the entry requirements."

  6. Ease as a verb (transitive):

    To move (something) slowly and carefully.


    "He eased the cork from the bottle."

  7. Ease as a verb (intransitive):

    To lessen in severity.


    "The pain eased overnight."

  8. Ease as a verb (intransitive):

    To proceed with little effort.


    "The car eased onto the motorway."