\ˈsüt͟h \
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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soother noun

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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And just over the tree line, the same outdoor music that soothes Daniel’s patrons is striking a sour note. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Concerts at winery strike sour note with neighbors in McCordsville," 22 June 2018 The air is crisp and refreshing, with a delightfully distinct aroma that is soothing and re-invigorating. Discover Magazine, "5 Reasons Why Golfing in the Mountains Is Ideal," 25 June 2018 Kelp extract and magnesium soothe all over, and balance your skin’s oil levels. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Natural and Organic Grooming Products to Restock Your Cabinet," 8 June 2018 Their form-fitting embrace soothed us while cruising and secured us while conquering the twisties. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2018 Honda Civic Type R," 22 Feb. 2018 The brand relies on prickly pear — a succulent that’s said to have anti-inflammatory qualities — in all of its products, which is why Huxley devotees rave about the hydration benefits and general skin-soothing effects. The Editors, The Strategist, "Huxley (the Skin Care of Choice Among Korean Flight Attendants) Is 50 Percent Off," 27 June 2018 However, the brand's latest launch is going far beyond the realm of fizzy bath bombs and skin-soothing lotions. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lush Launches Turtle Jelly Bomb to Raise Awareness About Ocean Pollution," 20 June 2018 For spotless skin, Coqui Coqui’s all-natural mosquito repellent and Kiehl’s firming mask forge an infallible skin-soothing alliance. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "What to Stock at Your Beach House, From SPF to a Luxurious Bug Repellant," 15 June 2018 Reynolds' Twitter lessons cover all sorts of parenting 101 topics: teaching a child to self-soothe by walking out of their lives forever, or explaining to a toddler that mommy and daddy are going to die., "Ryan Reynolds Tweets Dad Advice Literally No One Should Heed," 15 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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