When someone tells you, "Don't worry," or "Cheer up," that's sort of like commanding you, but not really? Is there a verb like "command" that indicates what they're doing, either transitive or intransitive?
He reassured me, "Don't worry."
He consoled me, "Cheer up."
I'm looking for a verb that would work for both.
I originally included "Be well" in my question, but as it has been pointed out to me, "Be well" is more of a nicety that carries no hint at all of an imperative. I would also add "Relax" or "Calm down" to the examples, but as has been pointed out, those can carry some demeaning connotations.
My sample sentence is,
After catching his breath, he admonished(?) them, "Don't worry guys, problem solved."
The criteria for an accepted word: I'm looking for a word more specific than "say", softer than "command" (even softer than "admonish", but that's the best I've heard so far), and applicable to both examples above.
Words I didn't like, besides those I've mentioned:
- tell, say: too generic
- reassure: not applicable to both cases
- counsel, admonish: as others have indicated, the typical connotations make them less than ideal
- I did a thesaurus search on command and exhort; seeing the synonyms listed for these two, I realized that I don't recall ever having heard a word that could apply — admittedly, my recall isn't great, but ELU seemed like a good place to turn