Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To calm or placate (a person, for example).
  • intransitive verb To ease or relieve (pain, for example).
  • intransitive verb To bring comfort, composure, or relief.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb give moral or emotional strength to
  • verb cause to feel better

Etymologies

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

[Middle English sothen, to verify, from Old English sōthian, from sōth, true; see es- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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