\ 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

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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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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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The first known use of soothe was in 1617

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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Soothe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce soothe (audio)

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


\ 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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