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Meaning & Definition of Soften in English

English

Soften

/sɑfən/

verb

1. Make (images or sounds) soft or softer

    synonym:
  • soften

2. Lessen in force or effect

  • "Soften a shock"
  • "Break a fall"
    synonym:
  • dampen
  • ,
  • damp
  • ,
  • soften
  • ,
  • weaken
  • ,
  • break

3. Give in, as to influence or pressure

    synonym:
  • yield
  • ,
  • relent
  • ,
  • soften

4. Protect from impact

  • "Cushion the blow"
    synonym:
  • cushion
  • ,
  • buffer
  • ,
  • soften

5. Make less severe or harsh

  • "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
    synonym:
  • mince
  • ,
  • soften
  • ,
  • moderate

6. Make soft or softer

  • "This liquid will soften your laundry"
    synonym:
  • soften

7. Become soft or softer

  • "The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it"
    synonym:
  • soften