What does soften mean?

Definitions for soften
ˈsɔ fən, ˈsɒf ənsoft·en

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word soften.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. softenverb

    make (images or sounds) soft or softer

  2. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, breakverb

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"

  3. yield, relent, softenverb

    give in, as to influence or pressure

  4. cushion, buffer, softenverb

    protect from impact

    "cushion the blow"

  5. mince, soften, moderateverb

    make less severe or harsh

    "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"

  6. softenverb

    make soft or softer

    "This liquid will soften your laundry"

  7. softenverb

    become soft or softer

    "The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it"


  1. softenverb

    To make something soft or softer.

    Soften the butter before beating in the sugar.

  2. softenverb

    To undermine the morale of someone (often soften up).

    Before the invasion, we softened up the enemy with the artillery.

  3. softenverb

    To make less harsh

    Having second thoughts, I softened my criticism.

  4. softenverb

    To become soft or softer

    The butter softened as it warmed up.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Softenverb

    to make soft or more soft

  2. Softenverb

    to render less hard; -- said of matter

  3. Softenverb

    to mollify; to make less fierce or intractable

  4. Softenverb

    to palliate; to represent as less enormous; as, to soften a fault

  5. Softenverb

    to compose; to mitigate; to assuage

  6. Softenverb

    to make less harsh, less rude, less offensive, or less violent, or to render of an opposite quality

  7. Softenverb

    to make less glaring; to tone down; as, to soften the coloring of a picture

  8. Softenverb

    to make tender; to make effeminate; to enervate; as, troops softened by luxury

  9. Softenverb

    to make less harsh or grating, or of a quality the opposite; as, to soften the voice

  10. Softenverb

    to become soft or softened, or less rude, harsh, severe, or obdurate

How to pronounce soften?

How to say soften in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of soften in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of soften in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of soften in a Sentence

  1. Michelle Meyer:

    Inventory-to-sales ratios are at historic lows, record numbers of small businesses complain of tight inventories, ports are congested, and shortages of semiconductor chips and new/used cars are driving prices higher, we expect goods inflation to soften by year end as demand levels off and production rebounds, but wages may continue to climb.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Feeling sorry for oneself, demonstrate the way of realizing its tragedies and mistakes of a life that may soften the burden of the pain, to look forward, with the best efforts. Indeed, sorry is a confession, not the wasting of time.

  3. William Congreve:

    Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

  4. Madame de Maintenon:

    The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.

  5. William Congreve:

    Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

Images & Illustrations of soften

  1. softensoftensoftensoftensoften

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for soften

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • blødgøre, blødgøresDanish
  • suavizar, ablandarse, ablandarSpanish
  • adoucirFrench
  • deshardeskarIdo
  • ammorbidire, addolcire, rendere malleabile, ammorbidirsi, rendere arrendevoleItalian
  • mollisLatin
  • verzachtenDutch
  • bløtgjøreNorwegian
  • suavizar, amolecerPortuguese
  • înmuia, muiaRomanian
  • смягчиться, размягчить, размягчаться, смягчать, размягчать, размягчиться, смягчить, смягчатьсяRussian
  • zbutAlbanian
  • mjuknaSwedish
  • lumambotTagalog

Get even more translations for soften »


Find a translation for the soften definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these soften definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "soften." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 16 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/soften>.

    Are we missing a good definition for soften? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    someone who sees an event and reports what happened
    • A. contribution
    • B. deterioration
    • C. witness
    • D. disguise

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for soften: