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Definitions of soften

  1. protect from impact; "cushion the blow" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. give in, as to influence or pressure Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. become soft or softer; "The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. make soft or softer; "This liquid will soften your laundry" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. make soft or softer; of images and sounds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. make (images or sounds) soft or softer Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. To make soft or more soft. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To render less hard; -- said of matter. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To mollify; to make less fierce or intractable. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To palliate; to represent as less enormous; as, to soften a fault. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To compose; to mitigate; to assuage. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To make less harsh, less rude, less offensive, or less violent, or to render of an opposite quality. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To make less glaring; to tone down; as, to soften the coloring of a picture. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To make tender; to make effeminate; to enervate; as, troops softened by luxury. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To make less harsh or grating, or of a quality the opposite; as, to soften the voice. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To become soft or softened, or less rude, harsh, severe, or obdurate. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. Softly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Softness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To make or become less hard, loud, glaring, etc.; tone down; make or become less rude, harsh, or severe; melt. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To make soft or softer. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. To grow soft or softer. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. SOFTENER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To make, or become, soft. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To make or become soft or softer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. To make soft or softer; to mollify; to make less harsh, severe, or offensive; to palliate; to alleviate; to make calm and placid; to tone down; to enervate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. To become soft or softer; to become less rude; to relent; to become more mild or less harsh. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. To make soft; to grow soft; to mollify; to make less harsh or severe; to make less glaring; to grow less obdurate or cruel. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. To render less hard; said of matter. dictgcide_fs
  31. Become or make SOFT or softer; softening (morbid degeneration) of the brain. Hence softener (1,2) n. Concise Oxford Dictionary

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