assuages, assuaging, assuaged
1) VERB If you assuage an unpleasant feeling that someone has, you make them feel it less strongly. [LITERARY]

[V n] To assuage his wife's grief, he took her on a tour of Europe...

[V n] She was just trying to assuage her guilt by playing the devoted mother.

lessen, soften
2) VERB If you assuage a need or desire for something, you satisfy it. [LITERARY]

[V n] The meat they'd managed to procure assuaged their hunger.

English dictionary. 2008.