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soften

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True love grows by sacrifice and the more thoroughly the soul rejects natural satisfaction the stronger and more detached its tenderness becomes.
St. Theresa of Lisieux
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Verb

Infinitive
to soften

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to soften (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To make something soft or softer.
    Soften the butter before beating in the sugar.
  2. (transitive) To undermine the morale of someone (often soften up).
    Before the invasion, we softened up the enemy with the artillery.
  3. (transitive) To make less harsh
    Having second thoughts, I softened my criticism.
  4. (intransitive) To become soft or softer
    The butter softened as it warmed up.

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