[ saw-fuhn, sof-uhn ]
/ ˈsɔ fən, ˈsɒf ən /

verb (used with object)

to make soft or softer.

verb (used without object)

to become soft or softer.

Origin of soften

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at soft, -en1

Related forms

o·ver·soft·en, verbre·sof·ten, verbun·soft·en·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for soften


/ (ˈsɒfən) /


to make or become soft or softer
to make or become gentler
(intr) commerce
  1. (of demand, a market, etc) to weaken
  2. (of a price) to fall
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