\ 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 explanation did little to soothe an irate public or politicians who were being asked to deliver alternatives. al, "How the I-10 project was killed," 1 Sep. 2019 Use the sudden gift of free time on yourself, to do things that soothe or restore you during this stressful time. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: I resent her comments about my family’s baby photos," 24 Aug. 2019 Use the sudden gift of free time on yourself, to do things that soothe or restore you during this stressful time. Carolyn Hax,, "Carolyn Hax: Find the subtext in friend’s constant jabs at your life choices," 23 Aug. 2019 Their salves penetrate the skin barrier to soothe loneliness, anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, absentee parenting and hoarding tendencies. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The New Spiritual Consumerism," 19 Aug. 2019 The best way to soothe babies' sore gums is by letting them chew on a safe, preferably cold, teething toy. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "When Do Babies Start Teething? The Facts Every Parent Should Know," 9 Aug. 2019 Use it as a roller to soothe your sore calves or throw in some ice to make an icepack. Outside Online, "5 Ways to Impress Your Friends at the Campsite," 25 July 2019 Capitalize on all that moisture with the Jumbo Creme de Corps Bottle with Pump ($78, Value $96), a rich, all-over body moisturizer that draws on the antioxidant beta-carotene to soothe dry or flaking skin. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "You Can Get Jumbo-Sized Kiehl's Products During Nordstrom’s Amazing Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 The creams and masks that somewhat soothed my skin as a teenager did nothing for my new crop of breakouts. Angely Mercado, Teen Vogue, "The Financial and Emotional Toll of Having Acne-Prone Skin," 27 June 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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