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. soften(verb)

    make (images or sounds) soft or softer

  2. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"

  3. yield, relent, soften(verb)

    give in, as to influence or pressure

  4. cushion, buffer, soften(verb)

    protect from impact

    "cushion the blow"

  5. mince, soften, moderate(verb)

    make less severe or harsh

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

  6. soften(verb)

    make soft or softer

    "This liquid will soften your laundry"

  7. soften(verb)

    become soft or softer

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


  1. soften(Verb)

    To make something soft or softer.

    Soften the butter before beating in the sugar.

  2. soften(Verb)

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

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

  3. soften(Verb)

    To make less harsh

    Having second thoughts, I softened my criticism.

  4. soften(Verb)

    To become soft or softer

    The butter softened as it warmed up.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soften(verb)

    to make soft or more soft

  2. Soften(verb)

    to render less hard; -- said of matter

  3. Soften(verb)

    to mollify; to make less fierce or intractable

  4. Soften(verb)

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

  5. Soften(verb)

    to compose; to mitigate; to assuage

  6. Soften(verb)

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

  7. Soften(verb)

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

  8. Soften(verb)

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

  9. Soften(verb)

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

  10. Soften(verb)

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

How to pronounce soften?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say soften in sign language?

  1. soften


  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. Chris Douvos:

    Fund performance will soften.

  2. Renae A. Sauter:

    The practice of gratitude can soften a difficult situation

  3. Madame de Maintenon:

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

  4. William Congreve:

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

  5. William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, Act 1 Scene 1:

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

Images & Illustrations of soften

  1. softensoftensoftensoftensoften

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  • 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

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