from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: assuage her grief. See Synonyms at relieve.
- transitive v. To satisfy or appease (hunger or thirst, for example).
- transitive v. To pacify or calm: assuage their chronic insecurity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.).
- v. To pacify or soothe (someone).
- v. (obsolete) To calm down, become less violent (of passion, hunger etc.); to subside, to abate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To soften, in a figurative sense; to allay, mitigate, ease, or lessen, as heat, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult; to satisfy, as appetite or desire.
- intransitive v. To abate or subside.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To soften, in a figurative sense; allay; mitigate, ease, or lessen, as pain or grief; moderate; appease or pacify, as passion or tumult.
- Synonyms Alleviate, Relieve, Mitigate, etc. (see alleviate); to appease, mollify, temper (see lists under alleviate and allay).
- To abate or subside; grow less: as, “let thin hert assuage,” Gower; “the waters asswaged,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. satisfy (thirst)
- v. provide physical relief, as from pain
- v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
Middle English asswagen, from Old French assuagier, from Vulgar Latin *assuāviāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin suāvis, sweet, delightful; see swād- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English aswagen, from Old French assouagier "appease, calm", from Vulgar Latin assuaviare, derived from Latin ad- "ad-" + suavis "sweet". (Wiktionary)