- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||transitive verb & intransitive verb
||softened, softening, softens
||to make or become soft or softer.
- cushion, dim, lower, moderate, mollify, mute, relax, subdue, tone down
- coarsen, harden, stiffen, toughen
- similar words:
- break, melt, tender
||allay, blunt, cushion, diffuse, digest, ease, loose, lower, mellow, mince, moderate, modulate, mollify, mute, pacify, pale, qualify, quell, relent, smooth, still, temper, thaw, warm, yield
The word soften
contains the following part:
that means to cause to be or become or have
More about this word part:
The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.