Soothe meaning

so͝oth
To calm or placate (a person, for example).
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To restore to ease, comfort, or tranquility; relieve; calm; quiet; refresh.
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(intransitive) To temporise by assent, concession, flattery, or cajolery.
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(intransitive) To bring comfort or relief.
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To allay or relieve (pain, an ache, etc.); assuage.
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Soothe is defined as to calm or relieve.

An example of to soothe is to rock a crying baby to sleep.

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To ease or relieve (pain, for example).
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To bring comfort, composure, or relief.
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To make calm or composed, as by gentle treatment, flattery, etc.; appease; mollify.
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To have a soothing effect.
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To keep in good humour; wheedle; cajole; flatter.
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(rare) To smooth over; render less obnoxious.
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To calm or placate someone or some situation.
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Origin of soothe

  • Middle English sothen to verify from Old English sōthian from sōth true es- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sothen (“to verify, prove the validity of"), from Old English sōþian (“to verify, prove, confirm, bear witness to"), from Proto-Germanic *sanþōnÄ… (“to prove, certify, acknowledge, testify"), from Proto-Indo-European *sont-, *sent- (“being, true"). Cognate with Danish sande (“to verify"), Swedish sanna (“to verify"), Icelandic sanna (“to verify"), Gothic [script?] (suthjan), [script?] (suthjōn, “to soothe"). See also sooth.

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