soothe

verb
\ ˈsüt͟h How to pronounce soothe (audio) \
soothed; soothing

Definition of soothe

transitive verb

1 : to please by or as if by attention or concern : placate
2 : relieve, alleviate soothe a cough
3 : to bring comfort, solace, or reassurance to music soothes the soul

intransitive verb

: to bring peace, composure, or quietude

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Other Words from soothe

soother noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for soothe

Synonyms

assure, cheer, comfort, console, reassure, solace

Antonyms

distress, torment, torture, trouble

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Examples of soothe in a Sentence

The waiter tried to soothe the angry customer. This cream soothes aching muscles. Her nerves were soothed by a warm bath. Nothing can soothe their pain.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Scholl’s best friend, Paris Green, supplemented that idea in June with a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise $10,000 for a memorial service with the works, including lots of flowers and soothing music. Washington Post, "A dying woman raised money for her own funeral. Strangers donated so much, she’s now giving away the surplus.," 12 July 2019 The letters shed new details on the couple's time in hiding, describing a serene existence marked by sweet gifts and soothing music. NBC News, "'Whitey' Bulger prison letters: Love for Trump, disdain for Mueller," 8 June 2019 The collection includes four $12 Body Washes: Dignity (a creamy blend of charcoal and cotton blossom), Hope (a soothing aloe and avocado gel cleanser), Joy (with a citrus and honeysuckle scent), and Strength (a ginger and currant blend). Marci Robin, Allure, "Right to Shower Is the New Brand Ensuring Homeless People Have Access to Hygiene Services," 20 Apr. 2019 Pet owners are advised to keep their pets indoors with a way to buffer the sound of fireworks, such as soothing music, closing the windows and finding a calming object to give them, Christensen said. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "First responders warn citizens to be careful with fireworks," 28 June 2019 Author Marianne Williamson has spent a good portion of her career standing in front of troubled audiences and speaking to them in tones that are soothing, admonishing and invigorating. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Marianne Williamson won’t make you feel better about America, but you’ll feel better about yourself," 27 June 2019 Analysis Author Marianne Williamson has spent a good portion of her career standing in front of troubled audiences and speaking to them in tones that are soothing, admonishing and invigorating. Robin Givhan, BostonGlobe.com, "Marianne Williamson won’t make you feel better about America, but you’ll feel better about yourself," 27 June 2019 In this book, food is a means of soothing, a means of healing. Constance Grady, Vox, "Midnight Chicken is a cookbook that reads like a novel," 24 June 2019 The initiative could also soothe some people's frustration with the company over what some see as a widening divide in Silicon Valley between highly paid tech employees and everyone else. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Google commits $1 billion to ease housing crisis in the Bay Area," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of soothe

1617, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for soothe

Middle English sothen to verify, from Old English sōthian, from sōth

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soothe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of soothe

: to cause (someone) to be calmer, less angry, etc.
: to cause (a part of the body) to feel better
: to cause (pain) to go away or become less severe

soothe

verb
\ ˈsüt͟h How to pronounce soothe (audio) \
soothed; soothing

Kids Definition of soothe

1 : to please by praise or attention The waiter tried to soothe the angry customer.
2 : relieve sense 1 Lotion will soothe your sunburn.
3 : to calm down : comfort Papa was trying to soothe Mama, who was wheezing heavily from asthma and excitement.— George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square

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