soften (

     v 1: make soft or softer; of images and sounds [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]