soften - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlesoftening
past tensesoftened
past participlesoftened
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to become softer, or to make something softer

    Simmer gently until the apple has softened.

    If the mixture is too hard you will need to soften it.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to become kinder and less severe, or to make someone or something do this

    When Jack spoke to the children his voice softened.

    She seems to have softened her attitude to him.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to make something look more pleasant by making its colour or shape less strong

phrasal verbs