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Noun: softening  só-f(u-)ning
  1. The process of becoming softer
    "refrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit"; "he observed the softening of iron by heat"
Adjective: softening  só-f(u-)ning
  1. Having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
    - demulcent, emollient, salving
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: softenings

See also: soft

Type of: action, activity, alter, blunt, change, change intensity, deaden, modify, natural action, natural process

Antonym: harden, sharpen

Encyclopedia: Softening