verb (used with object), soothed, sooth·ing.
verb (used without object), soothed, sooth·ing.
Origin of soothe
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|Tim Teeman|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He did not speak words meant to soothe a “fundamentalist” audience.
“To get up and soothe is not my inclination,” says a defiant Romney.Inside ‘Mitt,’ Netflix’s All-Access Mitt Romney Documentary|Marlow Stern|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Working hard to turn heads and soothe nerves is Osmel Sousa.
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|Kent Sepkowitz|January 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Gladly would they do anything in their power to soothe and encourage them.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Samuel|W. G. Blaikie
"You can do nothing, Corrie," said Henry, trying to soothe him.Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader|R. M. Ballantyne
These verses from Scripture, repeated as they were by my aged grandmother had the effect to soothe my mind.Walter Harland|Harriet S. Caswell
But that didn't seem to soothe him any, and he quavered out he would be better where he was.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas|Lloyd Osbourne
It was the voice of Hamish that sometimes had the power to soothe to quietness, if not to repose, the ever-moaning sufferer.Shenac's Work at Home|Margaret Murray Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for soothe
Word Origin for soothe
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.