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soften

US [ˈsɔf(ə)n]
UK [ˈsɒf(ə)n]
  • v.软化;减轻;削弱;(使)柔和
  • Web柔化;变软;使…软化
Simple Present:softens  Present Participle:softening  Past Tense:softened  
soften
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v.
1.
[i][t]
(使)变软,软化to become, or to make sth softer
Fry the onions until they soften.
把洋葱炒软。
a lotion to soften the skin
润肤露
Linseed oil will soften stiff leather.
亚麻籽油可软化僵硬的皮革。
2.
[i][t]
~ (sth)
(使)柔和,和缓to become or to make sth less bright, rough or strong
Trees soften the outline of the house.
树木使房子的轮廓显得柔和。
3.
[i][t]
(使)态度缓和,变温和,变宽厚to become or to make sb/sth more sympathetic and less severe or critical
She felt herself softening towards him.
她感觉自己对他逐渐温和起来。
His face softened as he looked at his son.
他看着儿子,紧绷的面孔松弛下来。
She softened her tone a little.
她稍稍缓和了一下语气。
4.
[t]
~ sth
减轻;减缓;削弱to reduce the force or the unpleasant effects of sth
Airbags are designed to soften the impact of a car crash.
气囊用来减轻汽车碰撞的冲击力。

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