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console (verb) comfort; lessen sorrow or disappointment.
You console a person in their sorrow, or disappointment, if you comfort them if, by your comforting words or actions, you lessen their sorrow or disappointment. If a person is in great sorrow, or is severely disappointed, their friends and relatives console them, by offering them their sympathy and help. Such actions or words are great comfort to the suffering.
- When Martha's husband died in an accident, her friends and relatives did their best to console her, but she felt no comfort and her sorrow was not the less for quite a few days.
- A few words of sympathy from her best friend consoled Maria in the loss of her child, as no one else's effort could. Her friend has such a knack for consoling people.