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English definition of “soften”

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.Soft and fluffy

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?Calming and relaxing
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of soften from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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