soften verb

1 become/make sth softer/gentler

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

2 make sth seem less severe

ADV. slightly, somewhat

VERB + SOFTEN try The chancellor may try to soften the blow somewhat with a cut in interest rates. | help (to)

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