Spanish translation of 'soften'
1. (= make less hard)
[butter, ground, metal, leather, water] ablandar
2. (= make smooth)
[fabric, skin, hair] suavizar
3. (= make gentle)
[sound, outline] suavizar
[lights, lighting] hacer más tenue
4. (= mitigate)
[effect, reaction] mitigar ⧫ atenuar
to soften the blow (figurative) amortiguar el golpe
1. (= become less hard)
[butter, ground, metal] ablandarse
2. (= become smooth)
[fabric, skin, hair] suavizarse
3. (= become gentle)
[voice, outline] suavizarse
[lighting] hacerse más tenue
her heart softened se le ablandó el corazón
4. (= become moderate)
[effect] mitigarse ⧫ atenuarse
[attitude] suavizarse ⧫ moderarse
See soften up
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Example Sentences Including 'soften'
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Demand for mortgages also softened in the face of increased borrowing costs and lower disposable income.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
The government is expected to soften the blow to employers by sparing small firms with up to five employees.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
The sliding crude price has significantly softened the blow of any duty rise.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
This also makes it easier to soften and blend colours.Acrylics Masterclass (1994)
Gently soften in the butter in a sauté pan.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Heat the oil in spacious sauté pan and gently soften the onion while you halve the tomatoes.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
If you cannot balance in this position, soften your knees and lower your hips a bit.The Sun (2011)
Melt most of the remaining butter in a large frying pan and gently soften the onions.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
No formal curtain: the mayhem just softens to one voice as the house lights go down.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Stir the celery into the softening onion.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Neither fighter has become softened by the luxury that now surrounds them.The Sun (2009)
Mixing lemon juice with white wine vinegar also softens the sharpness of the lemon but gives the dressing a fresher, livelier taste.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
This serum is brimming with feelgood essential oils that keep skin silky and soften brittle hair.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
You can soften your position now, though.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Any deviation from that general approach raises concerns that demand is softening in the face of slower economic growth.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Beat the butter to soften with a spatula, then stir in the bacon.The Sun (2014)
Her voice softened as she spoke of her son.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Labour has softened its position on holding terror suspects.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
The demands were softened only after intervention from other ministers and prolonged negotiation.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
This pleasing effect softens the hard steel lines and shields the precipitous drop to the road below.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
The effect was to soften the opposition.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
But he softens the blows with anecdotes and personal insights.Christianity Today (2000)
The weather and lighting can soften colours.Photographers Handbook (1993)
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British English: soften VERB
If you soften something or if it softens, it becomes less hard, stiff, or firm.
Soften the butter mixture in a small saucepan.
Translation of soften from the Collins English to Spanish Dictionary
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