from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: synonym: relieve.
  • transitive verb To satisfy or appease (hunger or thirst, for example).
  • transitive verb To appease or calm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb Archaic To abate or subside.
  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.).
  • verb transitive To pacify or soothe (someone).
  • verb intransitive (obsolete) To calm down, become less violent (of passion, hunger etc.); to subside, to abate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb satisfy (thirst)
  • verb provide physical relief, as from pain
  • verb 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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