Soothe Soothe (s[=oo][th]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Soothed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Soothing}.] [Originally, to assent to as true; OE. so[eth]ien to verify, AS. ges[=o][eth]ian to prove the truth of, to bear witness. See {Sooth}, a.] 1. To assent to as true. [Obs.] --Testament of Love. [1913 Webster]

2. To assent to; to comply with; to gratify; to humor by compliance; to please with blandishments or soft words; to flatter. [1913 Webster]

Good, my lord, soothe him, let him take the fellow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I've tried the force of every reason on him, Soothed and caressed, been angry, soothed again. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To assuage; to mollify; to calm; to comfort; as, to soothe a crying child; to soothe one's sorrows. [1913 Webster]

Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. --Congreve. [1913 Webster]

Though the sound of Fame May for a moment soothe, it can not slake The fever of vain longing. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To soften; assuage; allay; compose; mollify; tranquilize; pacify; mitigate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • soothe — [su:ð] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: sothian to prove the truth , from soth true ] 1.) to make someone feel calmer and less anxious, upset, or angry ▪ Lucy soothed the baby by rocking it in her arms. ▪ She made a cup of tea to soothe her nerves.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • soothe — [ suð ] verb transitive 1. ) to make someone more calm and more relaxed when they are feeling nervous, worried, or upset: She was doing her best to soothe the crying baby. The news wasn t enough to soothe nerves on Wall Street. 2. ) to make… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • soothe — I verb allay, alleviate, ameliorate, appease, assuage, attemper, balm, becalm, blunt, calm, comfort, compose, deaden, dulcify, dull, ease, free from anxiety, free from pain, give relief, humor, hush, lenify, lenire, lessen, lull, mitigate,… …   Law dictionary

  • soothe — O.E. soðian show to be true, from soð true (see SOOTH (Cf. sooth)). Sense of quiet, comfort, mollify is first recorded 1690s, on 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • soothe — *calm, compose, quiet, quieten, still, lull, settle, tranquilize Analogous words: mollify, appease, placate, *pacify, propitiate, conciliate: allay, alleviate, assuage, mitigate, *relieve Antonyms: annoy: excite …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • soothe — [v] calm, ease allay, alleviate, appease, assuage, balm, becalm, butter up*, calm down, cheer, compose, console, cool, cool off*, dulcify, help, hush, lighten, lull, make nice*, make up, mitigate, mollify, pacify, patch things up*, play up to*,… …   New thesaurus

  • soothe — ► VERB 1) gently calm. 2) relieve (pain or discomfort). DERIVATIVES soother noun soothing adjective. ORIGIN Old English, «verify, show to be true», from SOOTH(Cf. ↑sooth) …   English terms dictionary

  • soothe — [so͞oth] vt. soothed, soothing [ME sothen < OE sothian, to bear witness to, prove true < soth: see SOOTH] 1. to make calm or composed, as by gentle treatment, flattery, etc.; appease; mollify 2. to allay or relieve (pain, an ache, etc.);… …   English World dictionary

  • soothe — 01. A good hot bath will help to [soothe] those sore muscles. 02. The smell of her perfume [soothed] and relaxed him, and he soon fell asleep. 03. The mother stroked her baby s back to [soothe] him, and put him to sleep. 04. The father held his… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • soothe — UK [suːð] / US [suð] verb [transitive] Word forms soothe : present tense I/you/we/they soothe he/she/it soothes present participle soothing past tense soothed past participle soothed 1) to make someone more calm and more relaxed when they are… …   English dictionary

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