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English adjective: softening

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


Synonymsdemulcent, emollient, salving


Similarsoft


Antonymshard


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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