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To make someone less nervous or upset - thesaurus

Synonyms

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

formal 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

informal 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

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More synonyms

break the ice

to do or say something that makes people feel less shy or nervous in a social situation

dial down

to reduce the level of tension or intensity in a situation

ease someone’s conscience/mind

to make someone feel less guilty/worried

keep someone sane

to stop someone worrying or becoming mentally ill

lighten

verb

if a situation or someone’s mood lightens, or if someone or something lightens it, it becomes more relaxed

lull

verb

to make someone feel relaxed or confident so that they are not prepared for anything unpleasant

lull

verb

to make someone relaxed enough to sleep

nerve

verb

to make someone, usually yourself, feel strong enough to do something or ready to do it

put someone out of their misery

humorous to tell someone something they are very keen to know, so that they stop worrying about it

reconcile

verb

to make someone accept a situation even though they do not like it

settle

verb

to make yourself or someone else comfortable and relaxed in a particular place or position

subdue

verb

to hold someone and make them stop behaving in an uncontrolled or violent way

take your mind off something

to make you stop thinking or worrying about something

tranquilize

the American spelling of tranquillize

tranquillise

a British spelling of tranquillize

tranquillize

verb

to make a person or animal calmer, especially by using a drug

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