v. soothed, sooth·ing, soothes
1. To calm or placate (a person, for example).
2. To ease or relieve (pain, for example).
To bring comfort, composure, or relief.
[Middle English sothen, to verify, from Old English sōthian, from sōth, true; see es- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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