How can I rephrase "I made the child sleep" without the word ' make' ?

closed as unclear what you're asking by Janus Bahs Jacquet, Mark Beadles, Scott, choster, Rand al'Thor Dec 30 '18 at 20:54

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    There isn’t really a word for causing someone to sleep since it’s not possible to directly cause someone to sleep (with the possible exception of hypnotism). You can lull or sing them to sleep, you can bore them to sleep, or you can even knock them unconscious and make them ‘sleep’, but you’re not actually making them sleep in any of those cases: you’re just providing better circumstances for their natural need/desire for sleep to overtake them, in the same way the rocking of a boat or train often does. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 25 '18 at 15:36

It's common to say "I put the child to bed". "Put to bed" means to help or prepare someone to go to sleep, and would be commonly said of a child being directed to go to their bed, tucked in, etc.

There is a similar phrase "put to sleep" which can also mean to directly cause someone to sleep or render them unconscious; but it has a secondary euphemistic meaning "to kill", so it may not be appropriate in all circumstances.

  • also: tuck sb in? – Omega Krypton Dec 25 '18 at 16:32
  • As someone who always had trouble sleeping as a child (even back then I was a night owl), I have to disagree that put to bed is appropriate here. My parents may have put me to bed at 8 PM, but it would usually be another hour or so until I actually slept. For infants, the two are closer to being synonymous, since putting a baby to bed usually entails sitting by the bed until the baby actually sleeps; but for older children, they can be quite far apart. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 25 '18 at 17:07
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Oh, I agree that the attempt may not be successful! But it's admittedly hard to know exactly which usages OP is looking for with "I made the child slee[." – Mark Beadles Dec 25 '18 at 17:10
  • @MarkBeadles I agree – that’s why I voted to put the question on hold as unclear. It should really be clarified before being answered. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 25 '18 at 17:12
  • You could say "I got the child off to sleep". – Kate Bunting Dec 26 '18 at 10:13

lull to sleep TFD

to quiet and comfort someone to sleep.

As in:

"I lulled the child sleep"

to lull: To cause to sleep or rest; soothe or calm.

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