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Synonyms for soften
ˈsɔ fən, ˈsɒf ən

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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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. soften

    Synonyms:
    mollify, palliate, compose, mitigate, assuage, dulcify, lenity, yield, macerate, humanize, abate, moderate

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, aggravate, excite, infuriate, consolidate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. softenverb

    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, breakverb

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"

    Synonyms:
    crack, step down, break away, give way, 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, softenverb

    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, move over, generate, return, dampen, buckle under, damp, yield, bear, break

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, sharpen

  4. cushion, buffer, softenverb

    protect from impact

    "cushion the blow"

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

    Antonyms:
    sharpen, harden, indurate

  5. mince, soften, moderateverb

    make less severe or harsh

    "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"

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

    Antonyms:
    sharpen, harden, indurate

  6. softenverb

    make soft or softer

    "This liquid will soften your laundry"

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

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, sharpen

  7. softenverb

    become soft or softer

    "The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it"

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

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, sharpen

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. softenverb

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

  2. softenverb

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

  3. softenverb

    Synonyms:
    grow soft

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. softenverb

    Synonyms:
    intenerate, mollify, palliate, extenuate, qualify, modify, relax, mitigate, emolliate, appease, temper, abate, subdue, tone down

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "soften":

    mitigate, sweeten, alleviate, ease, relax, cushion

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How to use soften in a sentence?

  1. Kevin Daly:

    This is a lot of negative news, that is for sure ... We have a double-whammy happening, meaning copper prices continue to soften, and production targets are really at risk because of Glencore news, you could see a double-digit fiscal deficit very easily this year.

  2. The Post:

    The beauty of woman is not only in her physical attraction. Her true beauty lie in her ability to conquer the world with her strength and to soften the heart of a serpent with her wisdom. - Okiki Michael

  3. William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, Act 1 Scene 1:

    Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

  4. Governor Elvira Nabiullina:

    We will maintain high interest rates to achieve the goal of 4 percent (inflation) if budget consolidation isn't carried out in a way that enables us to soften monetary policy.

  5. Barbara Paley:

    In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of thine own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give thee an humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of man, or the iniquity of the times may rob thee of other rewards.

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Translations for soften

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  • 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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