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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Soften  \Sof"ten\,  v.  i. 
  To  become  soft  or  softened,  or  less  rude,  harsh,  severe,  or 
  obdurate. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Soften  \Sof"ten\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Softened};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Softening}.] 
  To  make  soft  or  more  soft.  Specifically: 
  a  To  render  less  hard;  --  said  of  matter. 
 
  Their  arrow's  point  they  soften  in  the  flame. 
  --Gay. 
  b  To  mollify;  to  make  less  fierce  or  intractable. 
 
  Diffidence  conciliates  the  proud,  and  softens  the 
  severe.  --Rambler. 
  c  To  palliate;  to  represent  as  less  enormous;  as  to  soften 
  a  fault. 
  d  To  compose;  to  mitigate;  to  assuage. 
 
  Music  can  soften  pain  to  ease.  --Pope. 
  e  To  make  calm  and  placid. 
 
  All  that  cheers  or  softens  life.  --Pope. 
  f  To  make  less  harsh,  less  rude,  less  offensive,  or  less 
  violent,  or  to  render  of  an  opposite  quality. 
 
  He  bore  his  great  commision  in  his  look  But 
  tempered  awe,  and  softened  all  he  spoke.  --Dryden. 
  g  To  make  less  glaring;  to  tone  down  as  to  soften  the 
  coloring  of  a  picture. 
  h  To  make  tender;  to  make  effeminate;  to  enervate;  as 
  troops  softened  by  luxury. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  soften 
  v  1:  make  soft  or  softer;  of  images  and  sounds  [ant:  {sharpen}] 
  2:  lessen  in  force  or  effect;  "soften  a  shock";  "break  a  fall" 
  [syn:  {dampen},  {damp},  {weaken},  {break}] 
  3:  give  in  as  to  influence  or  pressure  [syn:  {yield},  {relent}] 
  [ant:  {stand}] 
  4:  protect  from  impact;  "cushion  the  blow"  [syn:  {cushion},  {buffer}] 
  5:  make  less  severe  or  harsh;  "He  moderated  his  tone  when  the 
  students  burst  out  in  tears"  [syn:  {mince},  {moderate}] 
  6:  make  soft  or  softer;  "This  liquid  will  soften  your  laundry" 
  [ant:  {harden}] 
  7:  become  soft  or  softer;  "The  bread  will  soften  if  you  pour 
  some  liquid  on  it"  [ant:  {harden}] 




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