soften

[saw-fuhn, sof-uhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make soft or softer.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become soft or softer.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English; see soft, -en1

oversoften, verb
resoften, verb
unsoftening, adjective


1. melt; mollify, mitigate, soothe, alleviate, calm, quiet, ease.


1, 2. harden.
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soften (ˈsɒfən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become soft or softer
2.  to make or become gentler
3.  (intr) commerce
 a.  (of demand, a market, etc) to weaken
 b.  (of a price) to fall

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soften
c.1385, "to mitigate, diminish," from soft (adj.). Meaning "to make physically soft" is from 1530; intrans. sense of "to become softer" is attested from 1611.
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Example sentences for softened
First, the midwives softened the earthen floor of the tipi and dug two holes.
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