Translation of soften in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːfən; ˈsɒfən/


  • 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/Química] [water] ablandar, descalcificar*
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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.


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

Phrasal verbs

soften up

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

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