soothe

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verb \ ˈsüt͟h \

Definition of soothe

soothed; soothing
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

soother

noun

Examples of soothe in a Sentence

  1. The waiter tried to soothe the angry customer.

  2. This cream soothes aching muscles.

  3. Her nerves were soothed by a warm bath.

  4. Nothing can soothe their pain.

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Origin and Etymology of soothe

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


SOOTHE Defined for English Language Learners

soothe

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verb

Definition of soothe for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

soothe

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verb \ ˈsüt͟h \

Definition of soothe for Students

soothed; soothing
1 :to please by praise or attention
  • The waiter tried to soothe the angry customer.
2 :relieve 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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