soothe

To soothe is to relieve or to bring comfort. If the pounding in your head is driving you mad, it sounds like you might need an aspirin or two to soothe your headache.

Soothing is meant to make you feel better, both physically and emotionally. Spend too many hours on the beach without sunblock? You'll need some aloe to soothe that sunburn. Had a bad breakup with a boyfriend? Soothing that broken heart might take something stronger — chocolates, a gabfest with good friends, and sappy movies are usually just what the doctor ordered.

Definitions of soothe
  1. verb
    cause to feel better
    “the medicine soothes the pain of the inflammation”
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    Antonyms:
    irritate
    excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
    type of:
    alleviate, assuage, palliate, relieve
    provide physical relief, as from pain
  2. verb
    give moral or emotional strength to
    synonyms: comfort, console, solace
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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
    lull
    calm by deception
    compose
    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
    abreact
    discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
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