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soft·en

 (sô′fən, sŏf′ən)
v. soft·ened, soft·en·ing, soft·ens
v.tr.
1. To make soft or softer.
2. To undermine or reduce the strength, morale, or resistance of.
3. To make less harsh, strident, or critical: softened the last paragraph of the letter.
v.intr.
To become soft or softer.

soft′en·er n.

soften

(ˈsɒfən)
vb
1. to make or become soft or softer
2. to make or become gentler
3. (Commerce) (intr) commerce
a. (of demand, a market, etc) to weaken
b. (of a price) to fall

soft•en

(ˈsɔ fən, ˈsɒf ən)

v.t.
1. to make soft or softer.
v.i.
2. to become soft or softer.
[1325–75]
soft′en•er, n.

soften

  • emollient, emolliate - Emollient is from Latin emolliere, "to soften"; to emolliate is to soften or make effeminate.
  • macerate - Meaning "to soften," it comes from Greek massein, "knead."
  • lenify, lenity - To lenify is to alleviate or soothe an emotion or suffering, from Latin lenire, "soften"; lenity means kindness or gentleness.
  • amalgamate - Seems to go back to Greek malagma, "softening."

soften


Past participle: softened
Gerund: softening

Imperative
soften
soften
Present
I soften
you soften
he/she/it softens
we soften
you soften
they soften
Preterite
I softened
you softened
he/she/it softened
we softened
you softened
they softened
Present Continuous
I am softening
you are softening
he/she/it is softening
we are softening
you are softening
they are softening
Present Perfect
I have softened
you have softened
he/she/it has softened
we have softened
you have softened
they have softened
Past Continuous
I was softening
you were softening
he/she/it was softening
we were softening
you were softening
they were softening
Past Perfect
I had softened
you had softened
he/she/it had softened
we had softened
you had softened
they had softened
Future
I will soften
you will soften
he/she/it will soften
we will soften
you will soften
they will soften
Future Perfect
I will have softened
you will have softened
he/she/it will have softened
we will have softened
you will have softened
they will have softened
Future Continuous
I will be softening
you will be softening
he/she/it will be softening
we will be softening
you will be softening
they will be softening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been softening
you have been softening
he/she/it has been softening
we have been softening
you have been softening
they have been softening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been softening
you will have been softening
he/she/it will have been softening
we will have been softening
you will have been softening
they will have been softening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been softening
you had been softening
he/she/it had been softening
we had been softening
you had been softening
they had been softening
Conditional
I would soften
you would soften
he/she/it would soften
we would soften
you would soften
they would soften
Past Conditional
I would have softened
you would have softened
he/she/it would have softened
we would have softened
you would have softened
they would have softened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.soften - make (images or sounds) soft or softer
change intensity - increase or decrease in intensity
damp, mute, tone down, muffle, dampen, dull - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
sharpen - make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper
2.soften - lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
blunt, deaden - make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound"
deafen - make soundproof; "deafen a room"
deaden, damp, dampen - make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message"
3.soften - give in, as to influence or pressure
truckle - yield to out of weakness
4.soften - protect from impact; "cushion the blow"
modify - make less severe or harsh or extreme; "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"
5.soften - make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
6.soften - make soft or softer; "This liquid will soften your laundry"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
mellow - soften, make mellow; "Age and experience mellowed him over the years"
mollify - make less rigid or softer
macerate - soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result; "macerate peaches"; "the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"
harden, indurate - make hard or harder; "The cold hardened the butter"
7.soften - become soft or softer; "The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
mellow - make or grow (more) mellow; "These apples need to mellow a bit more"; "The sun mellowed the fruit"
macerate - become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking; "the tissue macerated in the water"
harden, indurate - become hard or harder; "The wax hardened"

soften

verb
1. melt, tenderize Soften the butter mixture in a small saucepan.
2. lessen, moderate, diminish, temper, lower, relax, ease, calm, modify, cushion, soothe, subdue, alleviate, lighten, quell, muffle, allay, mitigate, abate, tone down, assuage He could not think how to soften the blow of what he had to tell her.
soften someone up win over, weaken, disarm, soft-soap (informal), work on, melt, conciliate If they'd treated you well it was only to soften you up.

soften

verb
1. To moderate or change a position or course of action as a result of pressure:
Idiom: give way.
2. To make or become less severe or extreme:
3. To ease the anger or agitation of:
Translations
يُنَعِّم، يُخَفِّف حِدَّة
tlumit
blødgøreblødgøresdæmpe
lágyítmeglágyít
mÿkja, milda
tlmiť sa
mehčati
yumuşa mak

soften

[ˈsɒfn]
A. VT
1. (= make less hard) [+ butter, ground, metal, leather, water] → ablandar
2. (= make smooth) [+ fabric, skin, hair] → suavizar
3. (= make gentle) [+ sound, outline] → suavizar; [+ lights, lighting] → hacer más tenue; [+ person] → ablandar
4. (= mitigate) [+ effect, reaction] → mitigar, atenuar
to soften the blow (fig) → amortiguar el golpe
B. VI
1. (= become less hard) [butter, ground, metal] → ablandarse
2. (= become smooth) [fabric, skin, hair] → suavizarse
3. (= become gentle) [voice, outline] → suavizarse; [lighting] → hacerse más tenue; [person] → ablandarse
her heart softenedse le ablandó el corazón
4. (= become moderate) [effect] → mitigarse, atenuarse; [attitude] → suavizarse, moderarse
soften up
A. VT + ADV [+ resistance] → debilitar
B. VI + ADV to soften up on sbvolverse menos severo con algn
we must not soften up on communismdebemos seguir tan opuestos como siempre al comunismo

soften

[ˈsɒfən]
vt
(= make less hard or rough) [+ onions, butter] → faire ramollir, ramollir; [+ ground] → ramollir; [+ fabric, leather, skin] → assouplir
(= make less bright) [+ light, colour] → adoucir
(= make more gentle) [+ tone, voice, expression] → adoucir
(= make less severe) [+ impact, shock] → atténuer
(= make more sympathetic) [+ policy, position] → assouplir; [+ face] → adoucir
The memory of their initial meeting softened her face → Le souvenir de leur première rencontre adoucit ses traits.
vi
(= become less hard or rough) [skin, leather] → s'assouplir; [onions, butter, ice-cream] → ramollir
I'm waiting for the ice-cream to soften → J'attends que la glace ramollisse.
(= become less bright) [light, colour] → s'adoucir
(= become more gentle) [voice, expression] → s'adoucir
(= become more sympathetic) [attitude, position] → s'assouplir; [character, face] → s'adoucir
His mother's face softened a little → Le visage de sa mère s'adoucit un peu.

soften

vtweich machen; water alsoenthärten; light, sound, colourdämpfen; effect, sb’s anger, reaction, impression, tonemildern; outlineweicher machen; imageweich zeichnen; voicesanfter machen; resistance, opposition, sb’s position, stanceschwächen; demands, impactabschwächen
vi (material, person, heart)weich werden; (voice, look)sanft werden; (anger, resistance)nachlassen; (outlines)weicher werden

soften

[ˈsɒfn]
1. vt (gen) → ammorbidire; (light) → attenuare; (sound, impression) → attutire; (colour, anger) → smorzare; (resistance) → fiaccare; (person, weaken) → addolcire
he became softened by luxurious living → vivendo nel lusso si è rammollito
to soften the blow (fig) → attutire il colpo
2. vi (see vt) → ammorbidirsi, attenuarsi, attutirsi, smorzarsi, fiaccarsi; (person, character) → addolcirsi
her heart softened → si intenerì
soften up vt + adv (fam) to soften sb upammorbidire qn

soft

(soft) adjective
1. not hard or firm; easily changing shape when pressed. a soft cushion.
2. pleasantly smooth to the touch. The dog has a soft, silky coat.
3. not loud. a soft voice.
4. (of colour) not bright or harsh. a soft pink.
5. not strict (enough). You are too soft with him.
6. (of a drink) not alcoholic. At the party they were serving soft drinks as well as wine and spirits.
7. childishly weak, timid or silly. Don't be so soft – the dog won't hurt you.
ˈsoftly adverb
ˈsoftness noun
soften (ˈsofn) verb
to make or become soft or softer, less strong or less painful. The thick walls softened the noise of the explosion.
ˌsoft-ˈboiled adjective
(of eggs) slightly boiled, so that the yolk is still soft. She likes her eggs soft-boiled.
ˌsoft-ˈhearted adjective
kind-hearted and generous. He had been given some money by a soft-hearted aunt.
ˌsoft-ˈspoken adjective
having a gentle voice or manner. She was a soft-spoken woman with a shy smile.
ˈsoftware noun
computer programs, as opposed to the machines themselves (ˈhardware).
ˈsoftwood noun, adjective
(of) the wood of a conebearing tree eg a pine. softwood furniture.
have a soft spot for
to have a weakness for (someone or something) because of great affection. He's always had a soft spot for his youngest son.

soften

vt. ablandar, suavizar.

soften

vt (make less hard) ablandar, (make smoother) suavizar
References in classic literature ?
She bore it very well, and quietly submitted to the family decree that she should not shorten her visit, for since it was too late to say goodbye to Beth, she had better stay, and let absence soften her sorrow.
He prayed that if any man there had been remiss toward the stranger come to a far country, God would forgive him and soften his heart.
Uncas, topmost branch of a noble trunk, call on the cowards to hasten, or their hearts will soften, and they will change to women
Even yet, though my thoughts were ultimately much absorbed in the task, it wears, to my eye, a stern and sombre aspect: too much ungladdened by genial sunshine; too little relieved by the tender and familiar influences which soften almost every scene of nature and real life, and undoubtedly should soften every picture of them.
But that did in nowise mend the matter, or at all soften the hard heart of the learned gentleman with the copy of Blackstone.
Well, I tried the best I could to kinder soften it up somehow for myself by saying I was brung up wicked, and so I warn't so much to blame; but something inside of me kept saying, "There was the Sunday-school, you could a gone to it; and if you'd a done it they'd a learnt you there that people that acts as I'd been acting about that nigger goes to everlasting fire.
My first doth affliction denote, Which my second is destin'd to feel And my whole is the best antidote That affliction to soften and heal.
He had abundantly earned the privilege of intimate discussion of her sister's disappointment, by the friendly zeal with which he had endeavoured to soften it, and they always conversed with confidence.
Lloyd as having come to see me after the fit: for I never forgot the, to me, frightful episode of the red-room: in detailing which, my excitement was sure, in some degree, to break bounds; for nothing could soften in my recollection the spasm of agony which clutched my heart when Mrs.
Edgar's coldness depressed me exceedingly; and all the way from the Grange I puzzled my brains how to put more heart into what he said, when I repeated it; and how to soften his refusal of even a few lines to console Isabella.
Seeing that he had startled her, his natural kindness prompted him instantly to soften the reproof, and to end the suspense from which she was plainly suffering.
The man who had left his saw sticking in the firewood he was cutting, set it in motion again; the women who had left on a door-step the little pot of hot ashes, at which she had been trying to soften the pain in her own starved fingers and toes, or in those of her child, returned to it; men with bare arms, matted locks, and cadaverous faces, who had emerged into the winter light from cellars, moved away, to descend again; and a gloom gathered on the scene that appeared more natural to it than sunshine.