- Assuage is defined as to make better or lessen.
An example of something that a nurse might assuage is someone's pain with the distribution of medicine.
- The definition of assuage is to fulfill the needs of.
An example of something that you may assuage is your need for sleep.
- Assuage means to pacify.
An example something that a parent may assuage is a child's fear of the monster under the bed.
- assuagement noun
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transitive verb as·suaged, as·suag·ing, as·suag·es
- To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: assuage her grief. See Synonyms at relieve.
- To satisfy or appease (hunger or thirst, for example).
- To pacify or calm: assuage their chronic insecurity.
Origin: Middle English asswagen, from Old French assuagier, from Vulgar Latin *assuāviāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin suāvis, sweet, delightful; see swād- in Indo-European roots.
- as·suageˈment noun