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English adjective: softening

1. softening having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

Synonymsdemulcent, emollient, salving



English noun: softening

1. softening (process) the process of becoming softer

SamplesRefrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit.
He observed the softening of iron by heat.

Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process

Narrower (hyponym)maceration

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