Assuage

  • 1 Assuage — As*suage , v. t. [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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Assuage — As*suage , v. i. To abate or subside. [Archaic] The waters assuaged. Gen. vii. 1. [1913 Webster] The plague being come to a crisis, its fury began to assuage. De Foe. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 assuage — I verb abate, allay, alleviate, appease, attemper, blunt, chasten, check, comfort, compose, curb, diminish, ease, lessen, levare, mitigare, mitigate, moderate, mollify, obtund, pacify, palliate, quell, quench, reduce, relieve, remedy, salve, sate …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 assuage — (v.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. assuager, O.Fr. assoagier soften, moderate, alleviate, calm, soothe, pacify, from V.L. *adsuaviare, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + suavis sweet, agreeable (see SWEET (Cf. sweet)). For sound development in French,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 assuage — alleviate, *relieve, mitigate, lighten, allay Analogous words: temper, *moderate: *comfort, solace, console: mollify, placate, appease, *pacify Antonyms: exacerbate: intensify Contrasted words: kindle (see LIGHT vb): aggravate, heighten (see …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 assuage — [v] soothe, relieve allay, alleviate, appease, calm, compose, conciliate, cool*, ease, fill, lessen, lighten, lull, make nice*, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacify, palliate, placate, pour oil on*, propitiate, quench, quiet, sate, satisfy, soften …

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  • 7 assuage — ► VERB 1) make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense. 2) satisfy (an appetite or desire). DERIVATIVES assuagement noun. ORIGIN Old French assouagier, from Latin suavis sweet …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 assuage — [ə swāj′, aswāj′] vt. assuaged, assuaging [ME aswagen < OFr assouagier < L ad , to + suavis, SWEET] 1. to lessen (pain, distress, etc.); allay 2. to calm (passion, anger, etc.); pacify 3. to satisfy or slake (thirst, appetite, etc.) SYN.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 assuage — /əˈsweɪdʒ / (say uh swayj) verb (t) (assuaged, assuaging) 1. to make milder or less severe; mitigate; ease: to assuage grief. 2. to appease; satisfy: to assuage appetite; to assuage thirst; to assuage a craving. 3. to mollify; pacify: to assuage… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 10 assuage — assuagement, n. assuager, n. /euh swayj , euh swayzh /, v.t., assuaged, assuaging. 1. to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one s grief; to assuage one s pain. 2. to appease; satisfy; allay; relieve: to assuage one s… …

    Universalium

  • 11 assuage — [[t]əswe͟ɪʤ[/t]] assuages, assuaging, assuaged 1) VERB If you assuage an unpleasant feeling that someone has, you make them feel it less strongly. [LITERARY] [V n] To assuage his wife s grief, he took her on a tour of Europe... [V n] She was just …

    English dictionary

  • 12 assuage — as•suage [[t]əˈsweɪdʒ, əˈsweɪʒ[/t]] v. t. suaged, suag•ing 1) to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one s grief[/ex] 2) to appease; satisfy; allay: to assuage one s hunger[/ex] 3) to soothe, calm, or mollify: to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 assuage — transitive verb (assuaged; assuaging) Etymology: Middle English aswagen, from Anglo French asuager, from Vulgar Latin *assuaviare, from Latin ad + suavis sweet more at sweet Date: 14th century 1. to lessen the intensity of (something that pains… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 assuage — UK [əˈsweɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms assuage : present tense I/you/we/they assuage he/she/it assuages present participle assuaging past tense assuaged past participle assuaged formal to make an unpleasant or painful feeling less severe …

    English dictionary

  • 15 assuage — verb /əˈsweɪdʒ/ a) To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.). I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost b) To… …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 assuage — verb Assuage is used with these nouns as the object: ↑anxiety, ↑concern, ↑conscience, ↑fear, ↑guilt, ↑worry …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 assuage — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. lessen (See relief). II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To alleviate] Syn. mitigate, lessen, soothe; see relieve 2 . 2. [To satisfy] Syn. appease, fill, surfeit; see satisfy 1 , 3 . 3. [To calm] Syn. pacify,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 assuage — as|suage [əˈsweıdʒ] v [T] literary [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: assouagier, from Vulgar Latin assuaviare, from Latin ad to + suavis sweet ] to make an unpleasant feeling less painful or severe = ↑relieve ▪ Nothing could assuage his… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 assuage — verb (T) literary to make an unpleasant feeling less painful or severe; relieve (1): Nothing could assuage his guilt …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 assuage — Synonyms and related words: abate, adjust to, allay, alleviate, alter, anesthetize, appease, attemper, bank the fire, benumb, blunt, box in, chasten, circumscribe, condition, constrain, control, cushion, damp, dampen, de emphasize, deaden, deaden …

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