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soften
American English: /ˈsɔfən/
British English: /ˈsɒf(ə)n/

Translation of soften in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (make less hard)
    (dough/clay/butter)
    ablandar
    (leather)
    ablandar
    (skin)
    suavizar
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (make less harsh)
    (light/color)
    suavizar
    (contours/edges)
    difuminar
    Example sentences
    • Something sharp and dangerous transformed his face, his expression going from that of a parent trying to soften a blow to a dark anger.
    • The combination lets people have it both ways: The foam keeps the cushion upright and helps it hold its shape, while the down makes a comfortable seat and softens the severe line of the foam.
    • Better to wait until bubbles burst and manage the consequences, softening the economic blow by loosening monetary policy very quickly.
  • 2 (mitigate)
    (shock)
    suavizar
    (effect)
    atenuar
    mitigar
    to soften the blow
    suavizar or amortiguar el golpe
    to soften one's position
    adoptar una postura menos intransigente
  • 3 (Chemistry)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (become less hard)
    (dough/clay/butter)
    ablandarse
    (leather)
    ablandarse
    (skin)
    suavizarse
    1.2 (become less harsh)
    (light/color)
    suavizarse
  • 2 2.1 (become gentler)
    (person/heart)
    ablandarse
    (voice)
    suavizarse
    dulcificarse
    2.2 (become quieter)
    bajar (de volumen)
    2.3 (become more moderate)
    volverse menos intransigente

Phrasal verbs

soften up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (make soft) 1.2
(town/fortress)
debilitar
1.3
(person)
ablandar
2verb + adverb 2.1 (become soft)
ablandarse
2.2 (relent)
(person)
ablandarse
suavizarse
to soften up on somebody/somethingthey've softened up on crime
se han vuelto más tolerantes ante la delincuencia
don't soften up on him
no le aflojes [colloquial]
no te pongas blando con él
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