- 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.
- to lessen (pain, distress, etc.); allay
- to calm (passion, anger, etc.); pacify
- to satisfy or slake (thirst, appetite, etc.)
Origin of assuageMiddle English aswagen ; from Old French assouagier ; from Classical Latin ad-, to + suavis, sweet
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 *assu&amacron;vi&amacron;re : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin su&amacron;vis, sweet, delightful; see sw&amacron;d- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present assuages, present participle assuaging, simple past and past participle assuaged)
Middle English aswagen, from Old French asuagier (“to appease, to calm”), from Vulgar Latin assuaviō, derived from ad- + suavis (“sweet”) + -ō.