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verb soften pronunciation in British English /ˈsɒf(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysoften
he/she/itsoftens
present participlesoftening
past tensesoftened
past participlesoftened

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  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.
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  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
    The warm light softened her features.

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