verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for soften
Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dates to soften, about 15 minutes.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But now, facing a tough re-election, Walker is trying to soften his rhetoric.
Russia did not only rely on Ketchum to soften its image in the West.
Indeed, after the end of a relationships, there are many reasons to turn to sex to soften the blow.People Who Have Had Rebound Sex Tell Us Why It Is Awesome|Emily Shire|January 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are hints that a behind-the-scenes strategy to soften the blame put on the Portuguese is already underway.Investigation Into Madeleine McCann Disappearance Reopened in Portugal|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Sandford observed it, and was all humbleness, both in his words and looks, in order to soften him.A Simple Story|Mrs. Inchbald
Robert guessed it all, and whatever remorseful love could do to soften such a strain and burden he tried to do.Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
You might say a little prayer for her, that God will help us to be kind to her, and soften her heart.'The Two Sides of the Shield|Charlotte M. Yonge
Soften it with a little powdered borax, or a handful of oatmeal.Cupology|Clara
"Life-saving seems to soften the heart," she reflected, grimly, conscious as always of her own reactions.Dangerous Ages|Rose Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for soften
- (of demand, a market, etc) to weaken
- (of a price) to fall
Word Origin and History for soften
late 14c., "to mitigate, diminish" (transitive), from soft (adj.) + -en (1). Meaning "to make physically soft" is from 1520s; intransitive sense of "to become softer" is attested from 1610s. Soften up in military sense of "weaken defenses" is from 1940. Related: Softened; softening.