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From sooth (pleasing, comforting, reassuring) +‎ -en.


soothen (third-person singular simple present soothens, present participle soothening, simple past and past participle soothened)

  1. (transitive) To make comforted; cause to feel soothed; to ease, relieve, or alleviate
    • 1999, M. L. Augustine, Fort William Calcutta's Crowning Glory: Calcutta's Crowning Glory:
      The cool green foliage around her soothened the eyes of beholders even in the blazing sun.
    • 2006, Pradip Kumar Bose, Health and Society in Bengal:
      These nutrients combine together to soothen the body; and according to Susruta, such a process is attributed to mucus.
    • 2008, Christos Tsagalis, Inscribing Sorrow: Fourth-Century Attic Funerary Epigrams, page 36:
      Since Melitta is honored in the chamber of Persephone, then the grief for her death is significantly soothened.
    • 2011, Reina Khadilkar, Oh! to be a Lady Surgeon, page 101:
      A very close friend of Dad helped me to rent a place large enough to have an inpatient of about ten beds, a good waiting area (patients need to soothen their taut nerves before they see the doctor) and a spacious operation theatre.
    • 2016, Dr. Shiv Kumar, Aroma Therapy:
      For migra[i]nes and headaches drop a few drops in boiling water or use a cold compress and inhale when there is nervous ex[h]austion, wrap a warm towel to soothen tense and agitated nerves.