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verb (used with object),soothed, sooth·ing.
  1. to tranquilize or calm (a person or their emotions); relieve, comfort, or refresh: soothing someone's anger;to soothe someone with a hot drink.

  2. to mitigate, assuage, or allay, as pain, sorrow, or doubt: to soothe sunburned skin.

verb (used without object),soothed, sooth·ing.
  1. to exert a calming influence; bring tranquility, ease, or comfort: a soft-spoken poem that soothes like a lullaby.

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Origin of soothe

First recorded before 950; Middle English sothen “to bear witness, confirm, verify,” Old English sōthian “to prove true”; the Modern English sense shift “to verify” becomes “to support (a person's statement),” then “to encourage,” and finally “to calm”; see origin at sooth

synonym study For soothe

1. See comfort, allay.

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Other words from soothe

  • soother, noun
  • self-soothed, adjective
  • un·soothed, adjective

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How to use soothe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for soothe


/ (suːð) /

  1. (tr) to make calm or tranquil

  2. (tr) to relieve or assuage (pain, longing, etc)

  1. (intr) to bring tranquillity or relief

Origin of soothe

C16 (in the sense: to mollify): from Old English sōthian to prove; related to Old Norse sanna to assert; see sooth

Derived forms of soothe

  • soother, noun

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