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- (transitive) To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.).
- 1705, J[oseph] Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy, &c. in the Years 1701, 1702, 1703, London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 1051505315:
- Refreshing winds the summer's heat assuage.
- 1796, Edmund Burke, a letter to a noble lord
- to assuage the sorrows of a desolate old man
- 1864 November 21, Abraham Lincoln (signed) or John Hay, letter to Mrs. Bixby in Boston
- I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost.
- (transitive) To pacify or soothe (someone).
- (intransitive, obsolete) To calm down, become less violent (of passion, hunger etc.); to subside, to abate.
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- assuage in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- assuage in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “assuage”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- Alternative form of