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To make someone less nervous or upset

soothe

verb

to make someone more calm and more relaxed when they are feeling nervous, worried, or upset

comfort

verb

to make someone feel less sad, worried, or disappointed

reassure

verb

to make someone feel less worried about something

allay

verb

if you allay feelings such as fears, worries, or doubts, you make someone feel less afraid, worried, or full of doubt

put/set someone’s mind at ease/at rest

to stop someone feeling worried

put someone at (their) ease

to make someone who is nervous feel more relaxed

console

verb

to try to make someone feel better when they are unhappy or disappointed

defuse

verb

to make a situation more relaxed by making people feel less angry or less worried

talk down

to speak to and calm someone who is upset or nervous, especially because they have taken an illegal drug

cheer up

to become less sad, or to make someone feel less sad

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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