- 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 heatMore 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.
- 1.1 [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 downMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Make or become less severe: [with object]: a major injection of private cash could soften the blow for the taxpayer [no object]: her expression softened at the sight of Diane’s white faceMore example sentences
alleviate, ease, relieve, soothe, take the edge off, assuage, allay, dull, cushion, lessen, moderate, temper, mitigate, palliate, diminish, decrease, blunt, deaden, abate, tone down• rare lenifydie down, abate, subside, moderate, let up, calm down, lessen, grow less, decrease, diminish, slacken, dwindle, weaken
- 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.
- 2.1 [with object] Undermine the resistance of (someone): the blockade appears a better weapon with which to soften them up for eventual surrenderMore example sentences
weaken, undermine someone's resistance, reduce someone's defensive capability
- We're hoping that maybe you can soften him just enough that he will tell us at least something of what we need to know.
- He has softened him up and now he moves to place his Knight on a better square.
- You will not soften us up by telling us the problems.
- 3 [with object] Remove mineral salts from (water).More 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.
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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.