\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The grewia polygama helps make my hair feel soft while the acacia covina helps strengthen and can help soothe an itchy scalp. Jada Jackson, Allure, 5 Apr. 2022 However, dermatologists agree that moisturizing is an essential step in every skin-care routine, one that can even help soothe and prevent acne if done correctly. Jessica Cruel, Tiffany Dodson, Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 27 Jan. 2022 Those with sensitive skin should consider giving Avène a try, with each product formulated with the brand’s Thermal Spring Water to help soothe skin. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2021 Use it as part of a skin ritual before bedtime or daily under makeup to help soothe and protect your face and neck. Sophie Saint Thomas, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 The calming gel is a one-two punch: Its green tint counteracts redness, as hyaluronic acid, cucumber, and thyme extract help to soothe sensitive skin, per the brand. Rachel Nussbaum,, 16 Aug. 2021 Cucumber slices, milk, and yogurt can also be applied to the skin to help soothe a sunburn. Susan Brickell,, 17 May 2021 The latest version of Hyperice’s grooved Vyper foam roller offers three vibration settings that are designed to boost circulation and flexibility pre-workout and soothe sore muscles afterward. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 But Camila wants to meet with the FBI first to soothe any doubts, and Marty agrees. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 1 May 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Soothe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ 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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