Definition of soften in English:

soften

Line breaks: soft¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒf(ə)n
 
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verb

  • 1Make or become soft or softer: [with object]: plant extracts to soften and moisturize the skin [no object]: let the vegetables soften over a low heat
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    • When the oil is hot, add the carrot and onion and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
    • These are products which can prevent drying of the skin, thereby moisturizing and softening the skin.
    • It offers a rich, creamy lather that will invigorate, moisturize and soften your hair.
  • 1.1 [with object] (Of a market, currency, or commodity) fall in value: the share price has softened recently rents have softened in out-of-town locations sales could soften if the economy turns down
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    • Many cities with a high proportion of college graduates also have expensive homes, even with the softening real estate market.
    • Owners of gold in any form might consider buying a quantity of short funds to soften the tremendous volatility of gold.
    • Member countries cannot revert to tax cuts or fiscal easing to soften the impact of the strong euro on their big exporters.
  • 3 [with object] Remove mineral salts from (water).
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    • Observations have shown increased copper levels in water softened with ion exchange water softeners.
    • The higher the concentration of these minerals, the more sodium needed to soften the water.
    • The vinegar in this formula will help to remove stains, odors and soften the water.

Derivatives

softener

noun
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  • It's not true that colouring causes loss of hair and leaves the hair dry - with use of correct shampoos and softeners, you can keep your hair healthy.
  • Modern household softeners have an automatic backwash or regeneration cycle to clean off the salt and allow it to resume its task.
  • Residues from fabric softeners, as well as the fragrances commonly used in them, can be irritating to susceptible people.

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