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English verb: soften

1. soften (perception) make (images or sounds) soft or softer


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change intensity


Narrower (hyponym)damp, dampen, dull, muffle, mute, tone down


Antonymssharpen

2. soften (change) lessen in force or effect


SamplesSoften a shock.
Break a fall.


Synonymsbreak, damp, dampen, weaken


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)blunt, deaden


Narrower (hyponym)damp, dampen, deaden, deafen

3. soften (stative) give in, as to influence or pressure


ExamplesSam and Sue soften


Synonymsrelent, yield


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Narrower (hyponym)truckle


Antonymsremain firm, stand

4. soften (contact) protect from impact


SamplesCushion the blow.


Synonymsbuffer, cushion


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)modify

5. soften (communication) make less severe or harsh


SamplesHe moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears.


Synonymsmince, moderate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

6. soften (change) make soft or softer


SamplesThis liquid will soften your laundry.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)macerate, mellow, mollify


Causesoften


Antonymsharden, indurate

7. soften (change) become soft or softer


SamplesThe bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)macerate, mellow


Antonymsharden, indurate









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