HyperDic: soften

English > 7 senses of the word soften:
VERBperceptionsoftenmake (images or sounds) soft or softer
changesoften, dampen, damp, weaken, breaklessen in force or effect
stativesoften, yield, relentgive in, as to influence or pressure
contactsoften, cushion, bufferprotect from impact
communicationsoften, mince, moderatemake less severe or harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh
changesoftenmake soft or softer
changesoftenbecome soft or softer
soften > pronunciation
Soundssaa'fahn; sao'fahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > soften: 7 senses > verb 1, perception
Meaningmake (images or sounds) soft or softer.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Narrowermuffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone downdeaden (a sound or noise) , especially by wrapping
Broaderchange intensityincrease / increase or decrease in intensity
Oppositesharpenmake (images or sounds) sharp or sharper / sharper
Spanishsuavizar
English > soften: 7 senses > verb 2, change
Meaninglessen in force or effect.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"soften a shock"
Synonymsdampen, damp, weaken, break
Narrowerdampen, deaden, dampmake vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
deafenmake soundproof
Broaderdeaden, bluntmake less lively, intense, or vigorous
Spanishatenuar
Catalanatenuar
English > soften: 7 senses > verb 3, stative
Meaninggive in, as to influence or pressure.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
ModelSam and Sue soften
Synonymsyield, relent
NarrowertruckleYield to out of weakness
Oppositestand, remain firmhold one's ground
Spanishacceder, ceder, rendirse
Catalanaccedir, cedir
English > soften: 7 senses > verb 4, contact
Meaningprotect from impact.
PatternSomething ----s something
Synonymscushion, buffer
Broadermodifymake less severe or harsh or extreme / extreme
Spanishamortiguar, paliar, suavizar
English > soften: 7 senses > verb 5, communication
Meaningmake less severe or harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsmince, moderate
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
English > soften: 7 senses > verb 6, change
Meaningmake soft or softer.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Example"This liquid will soften your laundry"
Cause tosoftenBecome soft or softer
Narrowermaceratesoften, usually by steeping in liquid / liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result
mellowsoften, make mellow
mollifymake less rigid or softer
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Oppositeharden, induratemake hard or harder
Spanishablandar, dulcificar, enternecer, reblandecer, suavizar, temperar
Catalanablanir, amorosir, assuavir, entendrir, estovar, reblanir, suavitzar, temperar
Nounssoftenera substance added to another to make it less hard
softeningthe process of becoming softer
English > soften: 7 senses > verb 7, change
MeaningBecome soft or softer.
PatternSomething ----s
Example"The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it"
Caused bysoftenmake soft or softer
NarrowermacerateBecome soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking
mellowmake or grow (more) mellow
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Oppositeharden, indurateBecome hard or harder
Spanishablandar, dulcificarse, dulcificar, enternecer, reblandecerse, reblandecer, suavizar
Catalanablanir, amorosir, assuaujar, assuavir, endolcir, entendrir, estovar, reblanir, suavitzar
Nounssofteningthe process of becoming softer

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