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Verb: soften  só-fun
  1. Make (images or sounds) soft or softer
     
  2. Lessen in force or effect
    "soften a shock";
    - dampen, damp, weaken, break
     
  3. Give in, as to influence or pressure
    - yield, relent
     
  4. Protect from impact
    "soften the blow";
    - cushion, buffer
     
  5. Make less severe or harsh
    "He softened his tone when the students burst out in tears";
    - mince, moderate
     
  6. Make soft or softer
    "This liquid will soften your laundry"
     
  7. Become soft or softer
    "The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it"

Derived forms: softening, softens, softened

Type of: alter, blunt, change, change intensity, deaden, modify

Antonym: harden, sharpen

Encyclopedia: Soften