reassure

When we reassure other people, we pat them on the head, give them a hug, or say soothing words to convince them that everything is going to be OK.

When someone thinks they aren't smart enough, strong enough, or good enough for something, you reassure them to build their confidence up. Folks who worry a lot need to be reassured all the time, though they might not really believe your reassurances. People can also be reassured by things that happen too: an A on a paper could reassure a student that he's a good writer.

Definitions of reassure
  1. verb
    cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
    “The airline tried to reassure the customers that the planes were safe”
    synonyms: assure
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    Antonyms:
    vex, worry
    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
    worry
    be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
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    type of:
    calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
    make calm or still
  2. verb
    give or restore confidence in; cause to feel sure or certain
    “I reassured him that we were safe”
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    type of:
    assure
    assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
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