- 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.
transitive verbas·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 appease or calm: assuaged his critics.
Origin of assuageMiddle English asswagen, from Old French assuagier, from Vulgar Latin *assuāviāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin suāvis, sweet, delightful; see swād- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present assuages, present participle assuaging, simple past and past participle assuaged)