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Another word for soften

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Verb
  1. To moderate or change a position or course of action as a result of pressure

  2. To make or become less severe or extreme

      1. (idiomatic) To relax; to make quieter or less obtrusive; to make milder.
      2. To moderate or relax; to diminish or weaken the striking characteristics of; to soften.
      3. To make a television program, piece of writing, etc. less offensive and so more suitable for a family audience.
      1. To modify by the addition of a moderating element; moderate:
      2. To bring to a desired consistency, texture, hardness, or other physical condition by blending, admixing, or kneading:
      3. To harden or strengthen (metal or glass) by application of heat or by heating and cooling.
      1. Brought from wildness into a domesticated or tractable state.
      2. Naturally unafraid; not timid:
      3. Submissive; docile; fawning:
      1. To subjugate (a region or people, for example) by military force.
      2. To bring under control by physical force, persuasion, or other means; overcome:
      3. To make less intense or prominent; reduce or tone down:
      1. To make competent or eligible for an office, position, or task:
      2. To declare competent or capable, as to practice a profession; certify:
      3. To render deserving of a descriptor by having or enumerating certain necessary characteristics:
      1. Refraining from producing speech or vocal sound.
      2. Unable to speak.
      3. Unable to vocalize, as certain animals.
      1. Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme:
      2. Not violent or subject to extremes; mild or calm; temperate:
      3. Of medium or average quantity or extent.
    See also:

    increase

  3. To ease the anger or agitation of

Another word for soften

Verb
  1. To become soft

  2. To make soft

      1. To mix and work into a uniform mass, as by folding, pressing, and stretching with the hands:
      2. To make or shape by or as if by folding, pressing, and stretching with the hands.
      3. To squeeze, press, or roll with the hands, as in massaging:
      1. A fermentable starchy mixture from which alcohol or spirits can be distilled.
      2. A mixture of ground grain and nutrients fed to livestock and fowl.
      3. A soft pulpy mixture or mass.
      1. Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional:
      2. Arising from or marked by careful consideration:
      3. Unhurried and careful:
      1. To make or become weak or weaker.
      1. To deprive of strength; make feeble.
      1. To make (meat) tender, as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer.
      1. To look angry, sullen, or threatening.
      2. To appear dark or stormy, as the sky.
      3. A threatening, sullen, or angry look.
      1. To make competent or eligible for an office, position, or task:
      2. To declare competent or capable, as to practice a profession; certify:
      3. To render deserving of a descriptor by having or enumerating certain necessary characteristics:
      1. (idiomatic) To relax; to make quieter or less obtrusive; to make milder.
      2. To moderate or relax; to diminish or weaken the striking characteristics of; to soften.
      3. To make a television program, piece of writing, etc. less offensive and so more suitable for a family audience.
      1. To modify by the addition of a moderating element; moderate:
      2. To bring to a desired consistency, texture, hardness, or other physical condition by blending, admixing, or kneading:
      3. To harden or strengthen (metal or glass) by application of heat or by heating and cooling.
      1. To placate or attempt to placate (a threatening nation, for example) by granting concessions, often at the expense of principle.
      2. To calm, soothe, or quiet (someone):
      3. To satisfy, relieve, or assuage:
      1. To make less severe or intense; mitigate.
      2. To alleviate the symptoms of (a disease or disorder).
      3. To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
      1. To change in form or character; alter.
      2. To make less extreme, severe, or strong:
      3. To qualify or limit the meaning of. For example, summer modifies day in the phrase a summer day.
      1. To make or become moist.
      1. To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe:
      2. To satisfy or appease (hunger or thirst, for example).
      3. To appease or calm:
      1. Soft, sweet, juicy, and full-flavored because of ripeness:
      2. Suggesting softness or sweetness:
      3. Flavorful and mild or smooth, as from being properly matured:
      1. To calm the anger of; soothe or appease.
      2. To lessen, as in intensity; assuage:
      3. To reduce the rigidity of; soften.