Definition of soften
softeningplay \ˈsȯ-fə-niŋ, ˈsȯf-niŋ\
1 : to make soft or softer
2a : to weaken the military resistance or the morale of especially by harassment (such as preliminary bombardment) —often used with upb : to impair the strength or resistance of —often used with up soften up a sales prospect
: to become soft or softer her face softened
softenerplay \ˈsȯ-fə-nər, ˈsȯf-nər\ noun
Examples of soften in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of soften from the Web
Soren and his animators soften the hard-plastic look of the characters' CGI faces with a rubbery kind of humanity.
Add mushrooms and onions; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until softened.
The old-school concoction is said to improve grip and soften tires, which promotes more passing and increased speeds.
Once the oil shimmers, add the garlic, onion and chicken; cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the onion has just softened.
The goal is to soften the hair and skin underneath so the razor just glides, says Neal Schultz, a dermatologist in NYC.
At the end of the G-7, Macron appeared to soften his stance on the climate talks, the most problematic issue between the U.S. and the six other nations.
Income projections suggested that Kushner had vastly overpaid - and that was months before the Great Recession further softened the market.
But not even Emmanuel Macron, the new darling of the G-7, could charm the prime minister into softening her hard-line stance on Brexit.
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First Known Use of soften
SOFTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of soften for English Language Learners
: 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.
SOFTEN Defined for Kids
Definition of soften for Students
1 : to make or become soft or less firm Let the wax soften in the sun.
2 : to make or become gentler or less harsh The elder's stern expression softened. — Brian Jacques, Redwall
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