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Synonyms for soften
ˈsɔ 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

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

    Antonyms:
    harden, indurate, sharpen

  4. cushion, buffer, soften(verb)

    protect from impact

    "cushion the blow"

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

    Antonyms:
    sharpen, harden, indurate

  5. mince, soften, moderate(verb)

    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. soften(verb)

    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. soften(verb)

    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

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

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. soften(v)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    mitigate, sweeten, alleviate, ease, relax, cushion

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How to use soften in a sentence?

  1. Daniel Silver:

    The link between sentiment and spending is not especially tight, but the recent decline in consumer sentiment could be a sign that the spending data will soften soon.

  2. Raoul Ruparel:

    Certain parts of the economy will be hit by both Brexit and coronavirus, if Boris Johnson spent government money to soften the impact in these areas, Boris Johnson might find there is less opposition than if Boris Johnson were simply spending the money to offset the impact of Brexit alone, since there is far greater unity across the political spectrum on the need for such spending to aid the recovery from Covid-19.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Feeling sorry for oneself, demonstrate the way of realizing its tragedies and mistakes of a life that may soften the burden of the pain, to look forward, with the best efforts. Indeed, sorry is a confession, not the wasting of time.

  4. Michele Evermore:

    Workers are just going to see this and consider it an order and not challenge it, getting states to walk back this messaging is a little bit like closing the barn door after the horse is out. Once people have heard from the governor you have to go back to work, and then they issue on their website somewhere FAQs [ frequently asked questions ] that slightly soften that, does that reverse the initial damage ? I don't think so.

  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.


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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