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Definition 1: become soft or softer - [verb of change]

Samples where soften or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(soften is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of soften ) make or grow (more) mellow

"These apples need to mellow a bit more" "The sun mellowed the fruit"

(... is a kind of soften ) become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking

"the tissue macerated in the water"

Definition 2: make soft or softer - [verb of change]

Samples where soften or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This liquid will soften your laundry

(soften is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of soften ) soften, make mellow

"Age and experience mellowed him over the years"

(... is a kind of soften ) make less rigid or softer

(... is a kind of soften ) soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result

"macerate peaches" "the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"

(soften causes ...) become soft or softer

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

Definition 3: lessen in force or effect - [verb of change]

Samples where soften or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • soften a shock
  • break a fall

Synonyms for soften in the sense of this definition

(soften is a kind of ...) make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

"Terror blunted her feelings" "deaden a sound"

(... is a kind of soften ) make soundproof

"deafen a room"

(... is a kind of soften ) make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible

"muffle the message"

Definition 4: make less severe or harsh - [verb of communication]

Samples where soften or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears

Synonyms for soften in the sense of this definition

(soften is a kind of ...) 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"

Definition 5: protect from impact - [verb of contact]

Samples where soften or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cushion the blow

Synonyms for soften in the sense of this definition

(soften is a kind of ...) make less severe or harsh or extreme

"please modify this letter to make it more polite" "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"

Definition 6: make (images or sounds) soft or softer - [verb of perception]

(soften is a kind of ...) increase or decrease in intensity

(... is a kind of soften ) deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

Definition 7: give in, as to influence or pressure - [verb of stative]

Synonyms for soften in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of soften ) yield to out of weakness

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