Word of the Day

Assuage

Assuage

Definition:

1. to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one’s grief; to assuage one’s pain.

2. to lessen the intensity of (something that pains or distresses)

3. to make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: assuage her grief

4. to provide relief; causing to feel better

If you assuage an unpleasant feeling, you make it go away.

– Vocabulary Dictionary

Part of Speech (POS)

verb

Below are a few examples of how to use the word correctly in a sentence:

• After the death of her husband, Jessica’s friends assuaged her. (Complex Sentence)

• Jessica’s friends assuaged her during her time of bereavement and they all donated money to help cover the cost of her husband’s funeral. (Compound Sentence).

• Jessica’s friends were assuaging her during the funeral service and they all wore green in honor of her late husband, because green was his favorite color. (Compound-Complex Sentence)

• “Having close friends by my side, helped to assuage my grief”, said Jessica. (Simple Sentence)

Other Words from Assuage

assuaged = past participle verb

assuaging = present participle verb

assuagement = noun

Here are a few synonyms for the word assuage. Remember synonyms are words or a phrase that mean exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase.

• alleviate

• ease

• mitigate

• relieve

• soothe

Directions:

1. On a fresh sheet of paper, write three complex sentences using the word assuage. (A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause).

An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence. A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It’s a sentence that depends on the independent clause.

2. On that same sheet of paper, write two compound sentences using a different word form of assuage. (A compound sentence is a sentence containing two (or more) independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.)

3. After you have completed this assignment, please type your written sentences in the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).

4. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category.

A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback on the sentences you provide in the comment section below. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post them below.

Writing Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word by consistently incorporating it in your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word. Figuratively speaking, you’ll own the word.

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