• Soothe


    • IPA: /suːð/
    • Rhymes: -uːð


    From Middle English sothen ("to verify, prove the validity of"), from Old English sōþian ("to verify, prove, confirm, bear witness to"), from Proto-Germanic *sanþōną ("to prove, certify, acknowledge, testify"), from Proto-Indo-European *sont-, *sent- ("being, true"). Cognate with Danish sande ("to verify"), Swedish sanna ("to verify"), Icelandic sanna ("to verify"), Gothic (suthjan), (suthjōn, "to soothe"). See also sooth.

    Full definition of soothe


    1. (transitive, obsolete) To prove true; verify; confirm as true.
    2. (transitive, obsolete) To confirm the statements of; maintain the truthfulness of (a person); bear out.
    3. (transitive, obsolete) To assent to; yield to; humour by agreement or concession.
    4. (transitive) To keep in good humour; wheedle; cajole; flatter.
    5. (transitive) To restore to ease, comfort, or tranquility; relieve; calm; quiet; refresh.
    6. (transitive) To allay; assuage; mitigate; soften.
    7. (transitive, rare) To smooth over; render less obnoxious.
    8. (transitive) To calm or placate someone or some situation.
    9. (transitive) To ease or relieve pain or suffering.
    10. (intransitive) To temporise by assent, concession, flattery, or cajolery.
    11. (intransitive) To bring comfort or relief.

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