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soften

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈsɒf.ən/ us    /ˈsɑː.fən/

soften verb [I or T] (LESS HARD)

to become soft, or to make something soft: You can soften the butter by warming it gently. These dried apples will soften (up) if you soak them in water.

soften verb [I or T] (MORE GENTLE)

to become more gentle, or to make someone do this: The news will upset him - we must think of a way to soften the blow (= make the news less unpleasant for him). Would you say the government's stance on law and order has softened?
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