soft·en verb \ˈsȯ-fən\
: to become less hard or firm or to make (something) less hard or firm
: to make (something) less dry or rough
: to make (something) less severe, harsh, extreme, etc.
soft·enedsoft·en·ing \ˈsȯ-fə-niŋ, ˈsȯf-niŋ\
: to make soft or softer
a : to weaken the military resistance or the morale of especially by harassment (as preliminary bombardment) —often used with up
b : to impair the strength or resistance of —often used with up <soften up a sales prospect>
Examples of SOFTEN
- The butter will soften if left on the counter overnight.
- The recipe called for one stick of butter, softened.
- The oil is used to soften and preserve the leather.
- The lotion softens dry skin.
- The company has softened its stance on dating in the workplace.
- Her face softened when he entered the room.
- His criticism of the president has softened in the past year.
- The grass softened my fall.
First Known Use of SOFTEN
Related to SOFTEN
- debilitate, devitalize, enervate, enfeeble, etiolate, prostrate, sap, weaken, tire, waste
- beef (up), fortify, strengthen
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