Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To calm or placate.
  • transitive v. To ease or relieve (pain, for example).
  • intransitive v. To bring comfort, composure, or relief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To prove true; verify; confirm as true.
  • v. To confirm the statements of; maintain the truthfulness of (a person); bear out.
  • v. To assent to; yield to; humour by agreement or concession.
  • v. To keep in good humour; wheedle; cajole; flatter.
  • v. To restore to ease, comfort, or tranquility; relieve; calm; quiet; refresh.
  • v. To allay; assuage; mitigate; soften.
  • v. To smooth over; render less obnoxious.
  • v. To calm or placate someone or some situation.
  • v. To ease or relieve pain or suffering.
  • v. To temporise by assent, concession, flattery, or cajolery.
  • v. To bring comfort or relief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To assent to as true.
  • transitive v. To assent to; to comply with; to gratify; to humor by compliance; to please with blandishments or soft words; to flatter.
  • transitive v. To assuage; to mollify; to calm; to comfort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prove true; verify; confirm as truth.
  • To confirm the statements of; maintain the truthfulness of (a person); bear out.
  • To assent to; yield to; humor by agreement or concession.
  • To keep in good humor; wheedle; cajole; flatter.
  • To restore to ease, comfort, or tranquillity; relieve; calm; quiet; refresh.
  • To allay; assuage; mitigate; soften.
  • To smooth over; render less obnoxious.
  • Synonyms and
  • To compose, tranquilize, pacify, ease, alleviate.
  • To temporize by assent, concession, flattery or cajolery.
  • To have a comforting or tranquilizing influence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give moral or emotional strength to
  • v. cause to feel better

Etymologies

Middle English sothen, to verify, from Old English sōthian, from sōth, true; see es- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sothen ("to verify, prove the validity of"), from Old English sōþian ("to verify, prove, confirm, bear witness to"), from Proto-Germanic *sanþōnan (“to prove, certify, acknowledge, testify”), from Proto-Indo-European *sont-, *sent- (“being, true”). Cognate with Danish sande ("to verify"), Swedish sanna ("to verify"), Icelandic sanna ("to verify"), Gothic  (suthjan),  (suthjōn, "to soothe"). See also sooth. (Wiktionary)

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  • MCCULLOUGH: John Quincy Adam's kids, most of them went through alcoholism and addictions to different things to kind of soothe the pain of not being able to live up to their father's expectations.

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