soften

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
soften

Third-person singular
softens

Past tense
softened

Past participle
softened

Present participle
softening

  1. If you soften something, then you make it soft or softer.
    You will have to use this to beat the flour to soften it before we can use it to make our cake.
  2. When you soften your words, you make it less harsh and less critical.
    Seeing that she was about to cry, I softened my tone and criticism about her project.