AskDefine | Define soften

Dictionary Definition



1 make (images or sounds) soft or softer [ant: sharpen]
2 lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall" [syn: dampen, damp, weaken, break]
3 give in, as to influence or pressure [syn: yield, relent] [ant: stand]
4 protect from impact; "cushion the blow" [syn: cushion, buffer]
5 make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears" [syn: mince, moderate]
6 make soft or softer; "This liquid will soften your laundry" [ant: harden]
7 become soft or softer; "The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it" [ant: harden]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To make something soft or softer.
    Soften the butter before beating in the sugar.
  2. To undermine the morale of someone (often soften up).
    Before the invasion, we softened up the enemy with the artillery.
  3. To make less harsh
    Having second thoughts, I softened my criticism.
  4. To become soft or softer
    The butter softened as it warmed up.

Extensive Definition

Søften is a small Danish town in Jutland, about three kilometers south of Hinnerup and just outside Aarhus.


The population of Søften was 2227 at last count (2004).


Archaeologists have found evidence of people living where Søften was later built as far back as the Bronze Age.
There are about 40 barrows located around Søften dated back to the Iron Age.
The Søften Church is one of the oldest Danish buildings. The church was originally erected in the late 1100s, and additions were made to the church in 1460, which is painted inside the church.
The following different spellings for Søften have been found: Suten (1386), Suchten (1399) and Søwten (1489).


The following celebrities come from Søften
Heidi Andersen - model and ex-wife of singer Thomas Helmig
Anette Toftgaard - model and host of the Danish version of Don't Forget Your Toothbrush
soften in Danish: Søften
soften in Dutch: Søften

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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