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English definition of “soften”

soften

verb  /ˈsɔ·fən/ us  

soften verb (BECOME GENTLE)

[I/T] to become gentle, or to make something less forceful or loud: [T] He made an effort to soften his tone.

soften verb (WEAKEN)

[T] to make something weaker: Congress will move to soften the law’s impact.

soften verb (BECOME LESS FIRM)

[I/T] to become less hard or firm, or to make something less firm: [I] The butter will soften if you leave it out.
(Definition of soften from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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