Definition of Soften

1. Verb. Make (images or sounds) soft or softer.

Generic synonyms: Change Intensity
Specialized synonyms: Damp, Dampen, Dull, Muffle, Mute, Tone Down
Antonyms: Sharpen



2. Verb. Lessen in force or effect. "Break a fall"
Exact synonyms: Break, Damp, Dampen, Weaken
Generic synonyms: Blunt, Deaden
Specialized synonyms: Deafen, Damp, Dampen, Deaden
Derivative terms: Damper, Weakener

3. Verb. Give in, as to influence or pressure. "Sam and Sue soften"
Exact synonyms: Relent, Yield
Specialized synonyms: Truckle
Antonyms: Stand

4. Verb. Protect from impact. ; "Cushion the blow"
Exact synonyms: Buffer, Cushion
Generic synonyms: Modify
Derivative terms: Buffer, Cushion, Cushioning

5. Verb. Make less severe or harsh. "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
Exact synonyms: Mince, Moderate
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Moderation

6. Verb. Make soft or softer. "This liquid will soften your laundry"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Mellow, Mollify, Macerate
Antonyms: Harden
Derivative terms: Softener, Softening

7. Verb. Become soft or softer. "The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it"
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Mellow, Macerate
Antonyms: Harden
Derivative terms: Softening

Definition of Soften

1. v. t. To make soft or more soft.

2. v. i. To become soft or softened, or less rude, harsh, severe, or obdurate.

Definition of Soften

1. Verb. (transitive) To make something soft or softer. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To undermine the morale of someone (often ''soften up''). ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To make less harsh ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To become soft or softer ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Soften

1. to make soft [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: soft

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Soften

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softbills
softboiled
softbound
softbounds
softbox
softboxes
softcopies
softcopy
softcover
softcovered
softcovers
softed
soften (current term)
soften up
softened
softened up
softener
softeners
softening
softening up
softeningly
softens
softens up
softer
softest
softgoods
softhanded

Literary usage of Soften

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... a staggerer to Cassius; he cannot realize it. The impending doom seems to soften his nature. ..."

2. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... a staggerer to Cassius; he cannot realize it. The impending doom seems to soften his nature. ..."

3. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"Antonyms: see soften. >. toughen, inure, indurate, callous (rare). S. Referring to the feelings, ... Antonyms: see soften. hardiness, n. 1. See BOLDNESS. ..."

4. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell (1826)
"Then melt, ye fair, while crowds around you sigh, Nor let disdain sit low'ring in your eye; With pity soften every awful grace, And beauty smile auspicious ..."

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