Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

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

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

alms

money, food, or clothes given to poor people

Open Dictionary

subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog