[ verb ] make soft or softer; of images and sounds
Used in print(John Cheever, "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow,"...)
It bulks under a veil of thin , new grass , like some embarrassing fact of physicalness , and I think Mrs._Pastern set_out the statuary to soften its meaning .(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)
`` You own this place '' ? she said , and her tone had softened until it was almost friendly .
[ verb ] lessen in force or effect
"soften a shock" "break a fall"
Used in print(The Wall Street Journal...)
A measure passed by Congress just before adjourning softened the ruling 's impact , on prior-year returns still under review , for clay-mining companies that make brick and tile products .
[ verb ] make less severe or harsh
"He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"