Synonyms of soften in English:

soften


See definition of soften

verb

1‘he could reduce interest rates to soften the blow of tax increases’

SYNONYMS

alleviate, ease, relieve, soothe, take the edge off, assuage, allay, dull, cushion, lessen, moderate, temper, mitigate, palliate, diminish, decrease, blunt, deaden, abate, tone down

rare lenify

2‘the winds softened’

SYNONYMS

die down, abate, subside, moderate, let up, calm down, lessen, grow less, decrease, diminish, slacken, dwindle, weaken


Phrases

    soften someone up

      1‘they used long-range shelling to soften up defensive positions’

      SYNONYMS

      weaken, undermine someone's resistance, reduce someone's defensive capability

      2‘he would soften up potential buyers in the pub before a sale’

      SYNONYMS

      charm, win over, persuade, influence, undermine someone's resistance, disarm, work on, sweeten, butter up, soft-soap

      British informal

      nobble