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