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sof·ten

soften

 
 
pronunciation:
saw fn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: softens, softening, softened
definition: to make or become soft or softer.
She softened her pillow before laying her head down.Enzymes can soften the fibers in beef.
synonyms:
cushion, dim, lower, moderate, mute, relax, tone down
antonyms:
harden
similar words:
break, melt
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The word soften contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.