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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The ingredients are formulated to relax and soothe sore muscles, joints, and pain, soften skin, and combat inflammation. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Heart-Shaped CBD Bath Bomb Is Exactly What You Need To Relax This Weekend," 1 Feb. 2019 Aveeno's Intense Relief Hand Cream, which contains soothing oatmeal and moisturizing glycerin and petrolatum was rated as many testers' favorite in our study. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018 Boost your skincare depository with the latest hydrating, cleansing and soothing beauty products to hit the shelves. Charlotte Sutherland-hawes, A-LIST, "Skin Saviours: The Best Beauty Products," 24 May 2018 That voice isn't there to soothe the concerned or troubled souls in the media. Fox News, "Kavanaugh accused: Where does the burden of proof lie?," 19 Sep. 2018 With his perm, soothing voice and chambray shirts unbuttoned nearly to the navel, Mr. Ross was an instantly recognizable hit. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "A Renaissance for Bob Ross: Fans Want the ‘Joy of Painting’ Host to Have a Spot in Art History," 21 Aug. 2018 During that time, my typical modes of distraction like Instagram, texting, and random Wikipedia deep dives—not to mention the unrelenting stampede of news—were anything but soothing. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How the Late ’90s Saved My Style," 20 July 2018 For six decades now, the Queen of England has remained a steadfast, soothing figure through times of turmoil, conflict, and uncertainty. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Queen Elizabeth Just Made a Powerful Statement for a Troubled Time," 25 Jan. 2019 The icing on the cake came from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who soothed investors’ concerns about the pace of further rate increases. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Stock-Market Standoff: Apple Warning vs. the Jobs Report," 4 Jan. 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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