To abate or diminish
- To soften in a figurative feeling to allay mitigate simplicity or decrease as temperature discomfort or grief to appease or pacify as enthusiasm or tumult to meet as appetite or desire
- fulfill (thirst)
- reason to be more favorably likely; get the good might of
- supply real relief, as from discomfort
- To soften, in a figurative good sense; to allay, mitigate, simplicity, or decrease, as temperature, discomfort, or grief; to appease or pacify, as enthusiasm or tumult; to meet, as appetite or desire.
- To abate or subside.
c.1300, from Anglo-French assuager, Old French assoagier "soften, modest, alleviate, peaceful, soothe, pacify," from Vulgar Latin *adsuaviare, from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + suavis "nice, agreeable" (see sweet (adj.)). For noise development in French, compare deluge from Latin diluvium, abridge from abbreviare. Associated: Assuaged; assuaging.
(v. t.) To soften, in a figurative good sense; to allay, mitigate, relieve, or decrease, as temperature, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult; to fulfill, as appetite or need.
- (v. i.) To abate or diminish.
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