1. soften

verb. ['ˈsɑːfən, ˈsɔfən'] make (images or sounds) soft or softer.


  • tone down
  • muffle
  • damp
  • dampen
  • change intensity
  • mute


  • dryness
  • dry
  • stimulate
  • dehumidify

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Words that Rhyme with Soften

  • offen

Example sentences of the word soften

1. Verb, base form
Edge a raised bed with petunias to soften the sides of the bed and add color.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Plants soften the look of a pool, add privacy and create the feeling of a soothing retreat.

Quotes containing the word soften

1. Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

2. I'm not a traditional politician, and I have a sense of humor. I'll try to soften it and become boring, maybe even very boring, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to.
- Silvio Berlusconi

3. Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.
- Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year

2. soften

verb. ['ˈsɑːfən, ˈsɔfən'] lessen in force or effect.


  • blunt
  • deaden
  • weaken
  • damp
  • dampen
  • break


  • polished
  • interesting
  • smart
  • sharp

3. soften

verb. ['ˈsɑːfən, ˈsɔfən'] become soft or softer.


  • macerate
  • mellow


  • harden
  • colourful
  • animated

4. soften

verb. ['ˈsɑːfən, ˈsɔfən'] give in, as to influence or pressure.


  • yield
  • relent


  • louden
  • quieten
  • articulate

5. soften

verb. ['ˈsɑːfən, ˈsɔfən'] make soft or softer.


  • mollify
  • alter
  • modify
  • change
  • macerate


  • spirited
  • lively
  • colorful
  • bright

6. soften

verb. ['ˈsɑːfən, ˈsɔfən'] make less severe or harsh.


  • alter
  • modify
  • moderate
  • change


  • sensitise
  • loud
  • active
  • reverberant

7. soften

verb. ['ˈsɑːfən, ˈsɔfən'] protect from impact.


  • buffer
  • modify


  • strengthen
  • saturated
  • sensitive