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

  • intransitive v. To abate or subside.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English asswagen, from Old French assuagier, from Vulgar Latin *assuāviāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin suāvis, sweet, delightful; see swād- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English aswagen, from Old French assouagier "appease, calm", from Vulgar Latin assuaviare, derived from Latin ad- "ad-" + suavis "sweet".


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