Perhaps you avoid babysitting your baby brother because you're worried that if he starts to cry, you won’t be able to console him or make him feel better. Or maybe you just hate changing diapers.

You usually try to console someone by providing encouragement and offering solace. Others try to console themselves with tubs of ice cream. From the Latin word consolari, meaning “to comfort,” the noun console can also describe a central control panel. In an automobile, the controls for both the radio and air-conditioning are in the same center console.

Definitions of console
  1. verb
    give moral or emotional strength to
    synonyms: comfort, solace, soothe
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    calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
    make calm or still
    allay, ease, relieve, still
    lessen the intensity of or calm
    calm by deception
    calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
    appease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate
    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
    assure, reassure
    cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
    discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
  2. noun
    a scientific instrument consisting of displays and an input device that an operator can use to monitor and control a system (especially a computer system)
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    scientific instrument
    an instrument used by scientists
  3. noun
    housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
    synonyms: cabinet
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    a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
  4. noun
    a small table fixed to a wall or designed to stand against a wall
    synonyms: console table
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    a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
  5. noun
    an ornamental scroll-shaped bracket (especially one used to support a wall fixture)
    “the bust of Napoleon stood on a console
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    bracket, wall bracket
    a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
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