3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Assuage \As*suage"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Assuaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assuaging}.] [OE. asuagen, aswagen, OF. asoagier, asuagier, fr. assouagier, fr. L. ad + suavis sweet. See {Sweet}.] 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.

Refreshing winds the summer's heat assuage. --Addison.

To assuage the sorrows of a desolate old man --Burke.

The fount at which the panting mind assuages Her thirst of knowledge. --Byron.

Syn: To alleviate; mitigate; appease; soothe; calm; tranquilize; relieve. See {Alleviate}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Assuage \As*suage"\, verb (used without an object) To abate or subside. [Archaic] "The waters assuaged." --Gen. vii. 1.

The plague being come to a crisis, its fury began to assuage. --De Foe.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer" [syn: {pacify}, {lenify}, {conciliate}, {assuage}, {appease}, {mollify}, {placate}, {gentle}, {gruntle}]

2: satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst" [syn: {quench}, {slake}, {allay}, {assuage}]

3: provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches" [syn: {relieve}, {alleviate}, {palliate}, {assuage}]

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