make (images or sounds) soft or softer
dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)
lessen in force or effect
"soften a shock"; "break a fall"
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
yield, relent, soften(verb)
give in, as to influence or pressure
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
cushion, buffer, soften(verb)
protect from impact
"cushion the blow"
mince, soften, moderate(verb)
make less severe or harsh
"He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
make soft or softer
"This liquid will soften your laundry"
become soft or softer
"The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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Translations for soften
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- blødgøre, blødgøresDanish
- suavizar, ablandarse, ablandarSpanish
- ammorbidire, addolcire, rendere malleabile, ammorbidirsi, rendere arrendevoleItalian
- suavizar, amolecerPortuguese
- înmuia, muiaRomanian
- смягчиться, размягчить, размягчаться, смягчать, размягчать, размягчиться, смягчить, смягчатьсяRussian
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