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[ saw-fuhn, sof-uhn ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to make soft or softer.

    Synonyms: ease, quiet, calm, alleviate, soothe, mitigate, mollify, melt

    Antonyms: harden

verb (used without object)

  1. to become soft or softer.

    Antonyms: harden


/ ˈsɒfən /


  1. to make or become soft or softer
  2. to make or become gentler
  3. intr commerce
    1. (of demand, a market, etc) to weaken
    2. (of a price) to fall
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Other Words From

  • over·soften verb
  • re·soften verb
  • un·soften·ing adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of soften1

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; soft, -en 1
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Example Sentences

Sure, you would be offering them some comforting words to soften the impact created by the error.

Warming temperatures also soften the ice itself, so that it slides more quickly toward the sea.

The puff portion refers to softened crude, thin as heated maple syrup, rising up through production wells.

Many of those organizations pursued ad opportunities on social networks like Twitter to soften the loss of match-day revenue.

From Digiday

As a result, some schools have worked to soften the blow by skipping scheduled tuition hikes or even cutting the costs.

From Fortune

Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dates to soften, about 15 minutes.

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.

There are hints that a behind-the-scenes strategy to soften the blame put on the Portuguese is already underway.

A trace of light had begun to soften the sky over the dome, but had not yet seeped down to ground level.

The old woman meanwhile tried to soften the obdurate wall with melted butter and new milk—but in vain.

He had tried to soften his reply, but not being politic or tactful had succeeded only in expressing himself more brusquely.

The rapidity of their decomposition is such, that when spread on the land they are seen to soften and disappear in a short time.

Madame Malmaison knew it also, but the hard look on her greedy face did not soften.





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