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English - Vietnamese Dictionary
soften /'sɔfn/
  • ngoại động từ
    • làm cho mềm, làm cho dẻo
    • làm cho dịu đi
      • curtains that soften the light: màn che ánh sáng dịu bớt
    • làm cho yếu đi, làm nhụt
      • to soften someone's will: làm yếu quyết tâm của ai
  • nội động từ
    • mềm đi
    • yếu đi, dịu đi
    • trở thành uỷ mị, trở thành ẻo lả
      • to soften at the sight of something: mủi lòng khi nhìn thấy cái gì
Concise Dictionary
softens|softened|softening'sɑfn /'sɒfn
+make (images or sounds) soft or softer
+lessen in force or effect
+give in, as to influence or pressure
+protect from impact
+make less severe or harsh
+make soft or softer
+become soft or softer

Thesaurus Dictionary
1 Often, soften up. melt, affect, mollify, mellow, palliate, soothe, relax, appease:
Nothing would soften the heart of that cruel tyrant.
2 mitigate, assuage, diminish, moderate, reduce, cushion, lessen, weaken, allay, ease, lighten, abate, temper, relieve:
Can't you think of some way to soften the blow of such bad news?
3 muffle, deaden, damp, soft-pedal, lower, still, quiet, tone down, lessen, diminish, lighten, turn down, quell, Chiefly Brit quieten:
Try to soften the high notes and bring up the bass.
4 give in, succumb, surrender, yield, agree, consent, concur, assent, give way, relax, ease (up), let up:
The committee finally softened and allowed the park to be used for games.
Advanced English Dictionary
+ verb
1 to become, or to make sth softer: [V] Fry the onions until they soften. + [VN] a lotion to soften the skin + Linseed oil will soften stiff leather.
2 to become or to make sth less bright or harsh: [VN] Trees soften the outline of the house. [also V]
3 to become or to make sb/sth more sympathetic and less severe or critical: [V] She felt herself softening towards him. + His face softened as he looked at his son. + [VN] She softened her tone a little.
4 [VN] to reduce the force or the unpleasant effects of sth: Air bags are designed to soften the impact of a car crash.
Idioms see BLOW n.
Phrasal Verbs: soften sb<->up (informal)
1 to try to persuade sb to do sth for you by being very nice to them before you ask them: Potential customers are softened up with free gifts before the sales talk.
2 to make an enemy weaker and easier to attack
Collocation Dictionary

1 become/make sth softer/gentler


considerably, a lot | a little, slightly
His smile softened slightly.

2 make sth seem less severe


slightly, somewhat


The chancellor may try to soften the blow somewhat with a cut in interest rates.
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