Definition of soothe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    soothe

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    verb
    BrE BrE//suːð//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːð//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they soothe
    BrE BrE//suːð//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːð//
     
    he / she / it soothes
    BrE BrE//suːðz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːðz//
     
    past simple soothed
    BrE BrE//suːðd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːðd//
     
    past participle soothed
    BrE BrE//suːðd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːðd//
     
    -ing form soothing
    BrE BrE//ˈsuːðɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːðɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1soothe somebody to make somebody who is anxious, upset, etc. feel calmer synonym calm The music soothed her for a while. Only when Maisie came to hold him and soothe his fears did he feel safe.
  2. 2soothe something to make a tense or painful part of your body feel more comfortable synonym relieve This should soothe the pain. Take a warm bath to soothe tense, tired muscles.
  3. Word Origin Old English sōthian ‘verify, show to be true’, from sōth ‘true’, of Germanic origin. In the 16th cent. the verb passed through the senses ‘corroborate (a statement)’, ‘humour (a person) by expressing agreement’ and ‘flatter by one's assent’, which led to the senses ‘mollify, appease’ (late 17th cent.). Phrasal Verbssoothe somethingaway
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