- to tranquilize or calm, as a person or the feelings; relieve, comfort, or refresh: soothing someone's anger; to soothe someone with a hot drink.
- to mitigate, assuage, or allay, as pain, sorrow, or doubt: to soothe sunburned skin.
- to exert a soothing influence; bring tranquillity, calm, ease, or comfort.
Origin of soothe
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Examples from the Web for soothe
They were desperate, and all you could do was to soothe and calm; in every call you tried to get their story, to get them talking.Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline
November 20, 2014
He did not speak words meant to soothe a “fundamentalist” audience.Love Versus the ‘Liberal Gulag’
April 8, 2014
“To get up and soothe is not my inclination,” says a defiant Romney.Inside ‘Mitt,’ Netflix’s All-Access Mitt Romney Documentary
January 17, 2014
Working hard to turn heads and soothe nerves is Osmel Sousa.What Venezuela Can Learn From Miss Universe
November 13, 2013
Or just maybe the occasional pig-out does soothe the soul and make for a happier, healthier individual.CDC Researchers Find Lower Mortality Rates Among Overweight People
January 3, 2013
Milza endeavoured, in her own artless way, to soothe the distress her words had excited.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Then would Flossy be ready with her gentle drops of oil to soothe the ruffles.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Her heart hurt until her hand crept to her side in an effort to soothe it.Her Father's Daughter
The man continued to address, to expostulate, to pray, to soothe.Night and Morning, Complete
She was pale and frightened; but she had no other care than to soothe him and get him away, for his own dear sake.Little Dorrit
- (tr) to make calm or tranquil
- (tr) to relieve or assuage (pain, longing, etc)
- (intr) to bring tranquillity or relief
Word Origin and History for soothe
Old English soðian "show to be true," from soð "true" (see sooth). Sense of "quiet, comfort, mollify" is first recorded 1690s, via notion of "to assuage one by asserting that what he says is true" (i.e. to be a yes-man), a sense attested from 1560s (and cf. Old English gesoð "a parasite, flatterer"). Meaning "reduce the intensity" (of a pain, etc.) is from 1711. Related: Soothed; soothing.