As*suage" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assuaged; p. pr. & vb. n. Assuaging (#).] [OE. asuagen, aswagen, OF. asoagier, asuagier, fr. assouagier, fr. L. ad + suavis sweet. See Sweet.]

To soften, in a figurative sense; to allay, mitigate, ease, or lessen, as heat, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult; to satisfy, as appetite or desire.

Refreshing winds the summer's heat assuage. Addison.

To assuage the sorrows of a desolate old man Burke.

The fount at which the panting mind assuages Her thirst of knowledge. Byron.

Syn. -- To alleviate; mitigate; appease; soothe; calm; tranquilize; relieve. See Alleviate.

 

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As*suage", v. i.

To abate or subside.

[Archaic] "The waters assuaged."

Gen. vii. 1.

The plague being come to a crisis, its fury began to assuage. De Foe.

 

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