soothe

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verb \ˈsüth\

Definition of soothe

soothed

soothing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to please by or as if by attention or concern :  placate

  3. 2 :  relieve, alleviate <soothe a cough>

  4. 3 :  to bring comfort, solace, or reassurance to <music soothes the soul>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of soothe

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


First Known Use: 1657


SOOTHE Defined for English Language Learners

soothe

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verb \ˈsüth\

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 \ˈsüth\

Definition of soothe for Students

soothed

soothing

  1. 1 :  to please by praise or attention <The waiter tried to soothe the angry customer.>

  2. 2 :  relieve 1 <Lotion will soothe your sunburn.>

  3. 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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