\ 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


assure, cheer, comfort, console, reassure, solace


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 funds’ business models would suffer in a negative-rate environment, so a move to negative rates could be destabilizing — hardly the goal of a policy that is meant to soothe markets and the economy. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Trump Wants Negative Rates. Here’s How That Would Work.," 11 Sep. 2019 For an extra luscious finish, both rosehip and sea buckthorn oils contain fatty acids and vitamin C to soothe and brighten, respectively. Chloe Metzger And Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 29 Aug. 2019 Caffeine works to lessen dark circles and puffiness while squalane, an ingredient derived from olive oil, aims to soothe and hydrate your skin. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "Want to fight dark circles? Look for these ingredients in your next eye cream," 10 Aug. 2019 Many of Hotel Jerome’s offerings are meant to soothe and rejuvenate your body and spirit after a day spent adventuring in the mountains. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas," 30 July 2019 In addition to the softening and hydrating properties of the original Revitalizing Body Oil, Tata Harper has designed its latest offering specifically to soothe summer skin and relieve sore muscles. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Tata Harper Is Adding CBD To Its Bliss Body Oil Product, and Allure Readers Will Be the First to Try it," 21 June 2019 About one-third of its members don’t oversee a revenue-producing unit or region, and critics say Mr. Blankfein has used committee seats more to soothe egos and send signals to underlings and regulators than to run the firm’s day-to-day affairs. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman Sachs Is Secretive and Hidebound. Its New Chief Wants to Change That," 17 July 2018 Sessions' letter was immediately criticized by Democrats as a political stunt meant to soothe Trump and to distract attention from the investigation into the Trump campaign's dealings with Russia led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Joseph Tanfani,, "Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions says no second special counsel for probe into FBI, at least for now," 29 Mar. 2018 Fred’s scenes with Lloyd — a fictionalized stand-in for the journalist Tom Junod, who profiled Rogers for Esquire in 1998 — play on the natural, often very funny tension between Lloyd’s anxious pessimism and Fred’s soothing calm. Los Angeles Times, "TIFF Critics Notebook: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ shake up festival rhythms," 11 Sep. 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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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 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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