Dictionary.com

assuage

[ uh-sweyj, uh-sweyzh ]
/ əˈsweɪdʒ, əˈsweɪʒ /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: assuage / assuaging / assuagement on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), as·suaged, as·suag·ing.
to make milder or less severe; alleviate; ease; mitigate: to assuage one's grief;to assuage one's pain.
to appease; satisfy; sate: to assuage one's hunger.
to soothe, calm, or mollify: to assuage his fears;to assuage her anger.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of assuage

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English aswagen, from Old French asouagier, from unrecorded Vulgar Latin assuāviāre, equivalent to Latin as- as- + -suāviāre, verbal derivative of Latin suāvis “agreeable to the taste, pleasant” (cf. suave; akin to sweet)

OTHER WORDS FROM assuage

as·suage·ment, nounas·suag·er, nounun·as·suag·ing, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use assuage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for assuage

assuage
/ (əˈsweɪdʒ) /

verb (tr)
to soothe, moderate, or relieve (grief, pain, etc)
to give relief to (thirst, appetite, etc); satisfy
to pacify; calm

Derived forms of assuage

assuagement, nounassuager, nounassuasive (əˈsweɪsɪv), adjective

Word Origin for assuage

C14: from Old French assouagier, from Vulgar Latin assuāviāre (unattested) to sweeten, from Latin suāvis pleasant; see suave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK