Soften

  • 1 soften up — 1. To lessen resistance in (informal) 2. To wear down by continuous shelling and bombing • • • Main Entry: ↑soft * * * ˌsoften ˈup [transitive] [present tense …

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  • 2 Soften — Sof ten, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Softened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Softening}.] To make soft or more soft. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) To render less hard; said of matter. [1913 Webster] Their arrow s point they soften in the flame. Gay. [1913… …

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  • 3 Søften — is a small Danish town in Jutland, about three kilometers south of Hinnerup and just outside Aarhus. The population of Søften was 2227 at last count (2004).HistoryArchaeologists have found evidence of people living where Søften was later built as …

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  • 4 soften — UK US /ˈsɒfən/ verb ► [I] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET if demand, a price, a market, etc. softens, it stops increasing or it goes down: »Share prices softened with continued worries about the country s economic recovery. »Although demand softened again… …

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  • 5 soften up — soften (someone/something) up to weaken someone or something. Constant bombing was designed to soften the enemy up and weaken him. The ads were just a way to soften up public opinion to accept a big price increase …

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  • 6 soften — ► VERB 1) make or become soft or softer. 2) (often soften up) undermine the resistance of. DERIVATIVES softener noun …

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  • 7 Soften — Sof ten, v. i. To become soft or softened, or less rude, harsh, severe, or obdurate. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 soften — index allay, alleviate, assuage, commute, ease, extenuate, give (yield), mitigate …

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  • 9 soften — (v.) late 14c., to mitigate, diminish, from SOFT (Cf. soft) (adj.). Meaning to make physically soft is from 1520s; intrans. sense of to become softer is attested from 1610s. Related: Softened; softening …

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  • 10 soften — [v] calm, soothe abate, allay, alleviate, appease, assuage, become tender, bend, cushion, diminish, disintegrate, dissolve, ease, enfeeble, give, knead, lessen, lighten, lower, mash, mellow, melt, mitigate, moderate, modify, moisten, mollify,… …

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  • 11 soften — [sôf′ən, säf′ən] vt., vi. [ME softnen: see SOFT & EN] 1. to make or become soft or softer 2. to weaken the resistance or opposition of …

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  • 12 soften — [[t]sɒ̱f(ə)n, AM sɔ͟ːf [/t]] softens, softening, softened 1) V ERG If you soften something or if it softens, it becomes less hard, stiff, or firm. [V n] Soften the butter mixture in a small saucepan... Fry for about 4 minutes, until the onion has …

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  • 13 soften — soft|en [ˈsɔfən US ˈso: ] v [I and T] 1.) also soften up to become less hard or rough, or make something less hard or rough ≠ ↑harden ▪ Use moisturizer to soften your skin. ▪ Cook until the onion softens. 2.) if your attitude softens, or if… …

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  • 14 soften — verb 1 become/make sth softer/gentler ADVERB ▪ considerably, a lot ▪ a bit, a little, slightly, somewhat ▪ His smile softened slightly …

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  • 15 soften */ — UK [ˈsɒf(ə)n] / US [ˈsɔf(ə)n] verb Word forms soften : present tense I/you/we/they soften he/she/it softens present participle softening past tense softened past participle softened 1) [intransitive/transitive] to become softer, or to make… …

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  • 16 soften — soft|en [ sɔfn ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to become softer or to make something softer: Simmer gently until the apple has softened. If the mixture is too hard you will need to soften it. 2. ) intransitive or transitive to become… …

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  • 17 soften — verb (I, T) 1 to become softer or make something softer: Choose a good moisturizer to soften and protect your skin | Cook until the onion has softened. 2 if your attitude softens, or if something softens it, it becomes less strict and more… …

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  • 18 soften up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms soften up : present tense I/you/we/they soften up he/she/it softens up present participle softening up past tense softened up past participle softened up to make someone more likely to do what you want by… …

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  • 19 soften — verb /ˈsɒfən/ a) To make something soft or softer. Soften the butter before beating in the sugar. b) To undermine the morale of someone (often soften up). Before the invasion, we softened up the enemy with the artillery …

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  • 20 soften — sọf|ten 〈V. tr.; hat; Fot.〉 Bilder soften mit optischen Hilfsmitteln, die vor die Linse gebracht werden, weichzeichnen [engl., „weich machen“] * * * sọf|ten <sw. V.; hat [engl. to soften] (Fot.): (die Vergrößerung eines Fotos) mit optischen… …

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