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Definitions of soothe word
- verb with object soothe to tranquilize or calm, as a person or the feelings; relieve, comfort, or refresh: soothing someone's anger; to soothe someone with a hot drink. 1
- verb with object soothe to mitigate, assuage, or allay, as pain, sorrow, or doubt: to soothe sunburned skin. 1
- verb without object soothe to exert a soothing influence; bring tranquillity, calm, ease, or comfort. 1
- transitive verb soothe comfort, calm 1
- transitive verb soothe pain: reduce 1
- verb soothe If you soothe someone who is angry or upset, you make them feel calmer. 0
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Origin of soothe
First appearance:before 950
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 950; Middle English sothen to verify, Old English sōthian, equivalent to sōth sooth + -ian infinitive suffix; Modern English sense shift “to verify” > “to support (a person's statement)” > “to encourage” > “to calm”
Parts of speech for Soothe
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for soothe
- allying — to unite formally, as by treaty, league, marriage, or the like (usually followed by with or to): Russia allied itself to France.
- anesthetize — to cause anesthesia in; give an anesthetic to
- anesthetized — to render physically insensible, as by an anesthetic.
- appease — If you try to appease someone, you try to stop them from being angry by giving them what they want.
- arbitrate — When someone in authority arbitrates between two people or groups who are in dispute, they consider all the facts and make an official decision about who is right.
Antonyms for soothe
- abash — to cause to feel ill at ease, embarrassed, or confused; make ashamed
- accessed — the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use; admittance: They have access to the files.
- accessing — the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use; admittance: They have access to the files.
- acerbate — to embitter or exasperate
- ache — If you ache or a part of your body aches, you feel a steady, fairly strong pain.
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