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Synonyms for softenˈsɔ fən, ˈsɒf ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soften(verb)

    make (images or sounds) soft or softer

    Synonyms:
    relent, buffer, yield, moderate, cushion, mince, break, damp, weaken, dampen

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, sharpen

  2. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)

    lessen in force or effect

    Synonyms:
    crack, step down, break away, give way, soften, mince, reveal, give out, unwrap, conk out, part, wash, counteract, collapse, die, transgress, founder, weaken, discover, snap off, stop, go, demote, break out, separate, cushion, muffle, split, give away, damp, smash, dull, offend, get out, fracture, relegate, bring out, violate, pause, divulge, buffer, let on, get around, interrupt, wear out, cave in, deaden, break-dance, check, break up, breach, break in, give, split up, subvert, better, burst, go bad, break off, tone down, disclose, bust, erupt, moisten, relent, recrudesce, undermine, stifle, break dance, go against, dampen, fall in, bump, let out, ruin, fall apart, kick downstairs, de-escalate, break down, infract, fail, come apart, bankrupt, develop, mute, expose, break, moderate, discontinue, intermit, countermine, yield, wear, sabotage

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, sharpen

  3. yield, relent, soften(verb)

    give in, as to influence or pressure

    Synonyms:
    mince, render, ease up, grant, give way, pay, moderate, cushion, relent, give, buffer, weaken, afford, knuckle under, give in, cede, concede, succumb, soften, move over, generate, return, dampen, buckle under, damp, yield, bear, break

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, sharpen

  4. cushion, buffer, soften(verb)

    protect from impact

    Synonyms:
    relent, soften, buffer, yield, moderate, cushion, mince, break, damp, weaken, dampen

    Antonyms:
    sharpen, harden, indurate

  5. mince, soften, moderate(verb)

    make less severe or harsh

    Synonyms:
    lead, temper, curb, mince, hold in, tame, relent, control, soften, moderate, hold, cushion, check, break, weaken, tone down, yield, buffer, damp, dampen, chasten, chair, contain

    Antonyms:
    sharpen, harden, indurate

  6. soften(verb)

    make soft or softer

    Synonyms:
    relent, buffer, yield, moderate, cushion, mince, break, damp, weaken, dampen

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, sharpen

  7. soften(verb)

    become soft or softer

    Synonyms:
    relent, buffer, yield, moderate, cushion, mince, break, damp, weaken, dampen

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, sharpen

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. soften

    Etymologically, to alleviate is to lift a burden toward oneself, and so lighten it for the bearer; to relieve is to lift it back from the bearer, nearly or quite away; to remove is to take it away altogether. Alleviate is thus less than relieve; relieve, ordinarily, less than remove. We alleviate, relieve or remove the trouble; we relieve, not alleviate, the sufferer. Assuage is, by derivation, to sweeten; mitigate, to make mild; moderate, to bring within measure; abate, to beat down, and so make less. We abate a fever; lessen anxiety; moderate passions or desires; lighten burdens; mitigate or alleviate pain; reduce inflammation; soften, assuage, or moderate grief; we lighten or mitigate punishments; we relieve any suffering of body or mind that admits of help, comfort, or remedy. Alleviate has been often confused with allay. Compare ALLAY.

    Synonyms:
    abate, alleviate, assuage, lessen, lighten, mitigate, moderate, reduce, relieve, remove

    Antonyms:
    aggravate, augment, embitter, enhance, heighten, increase, intensify, magnify, make worse

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. soften(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    intenerate, melt, touch, make tender, make soft

  2. soften(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    assuage, appease, mitigate, moderate, alleviate, soothe, mollify, quiet, calm, still, quell, allay, relieve, ease, abate, temper, qualify, attemper, dull, lessen, blunt

  3. soften(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    grow soft

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

mitigate, sweeten, alleviate, ease, relax, cushion


Translations for soften

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • blødgøre, blødgøresDanish
  • suavizar, ablandarse, ablandarSpanish
  • adoucirFrench
  • deshardeskarIdo
  • ammorbidire, addolcire, rendere malleabile, ammorbidirsi, rendere arrendevoleItalian
  • mollisLatin
  • verzachtenDutch
  • bløtgjøreNorwegian
  • suavizar, amolecerPortuguese
  • înmuia, muiaRomanian
  • смягчиться, размягчить, размягчаться, смягчать, размягчать, размягчиться, смягчить, смягчатьсяRussian
  • zbutAlbanian
  • mjuknaSwedish
  • lumambotTagalog

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