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English definition of “soften”

soften

verb [I or T] (MORE GENTLE)    /ˈsɒf.ən/ US  /ˈsɑː.fən/
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?Calming and relaxing
(Definition of soften verb (MORE GENTLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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