(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. lessen (See relief).
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To alleviate]
Syn. mitigate, lessen, soothe; see relieve 2 .
2. [To satisfy]
Syn. appease, fill, surfeit; see satisfy 1 , 3 .
3. [To calm]
Syn. pacify, still, mollify; see quiet 1 .
See Synonym Study at relieve .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[uh SWAYJ]
to relieve or soothe.
To assuage his appetite, he ate some popcorn.
SYN.: relieve, soothe, ease, alleviate, mitigate, allay, pacify, calm, mollify, lessen, lull, *take the edge off.
ANT.: aggravate, exacerbate, intensify
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To make less severe or more bearable: allay, alleviate, comfort, ease, lessen, lighten2, mitigate, palliate, relieve. See INCREASE. 2. To ease the anger or agitation of: appease, calm (down), conciliate, dulcify, gentle, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiate, soften, soothe, sweeten. Idiom: pour oil on troubled water. See CALM.

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