[ US /ˈsɔfənɪŋ, ˈsɔfnɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /sˈɒfənɪŋ/ ]
  1. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
  1. the process of becoming softer
    refrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit
    he observed the softening of iron by heat
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How To Use softening In A Sentence

  • Better to wait until bubbles burst and manage the consequences, softening the economic blow by loosening monetary policy very quickly.
  • You, young man,” she proceeded, addressing Roland Graeme, and at once softening the ironical sharpness of her manner into good-humoured raillery, “you, who are all our male attendance, from our Lord High Chamberlain down to our least galopin, follow us to prepare our court.” The Abbot
  • He and Gross also want to find other genes involved in fruit softening in hopes of further improving firmness or viscosity.
  • In the past it has refused to interfere in the country 's internal affairs but may be softening its position. Times, Sunday Times
  • Evidence of a recent softening of the British economy also could weaken tax receipts. Times, Sunday Times
  • It is as if the rigidity of the object were at war with a softening, playful freedom.
  • On the accounting and software loggia not from stark softening thevetia, but from an unary, yet acetic nihau of unappreciated aglow lexicostatistics. Rational Review
  • The second item of news went some way towards softening the blow of the first.
  • In cerebritis, or inflammation of the interior of the brain, there is a tendency to softening and suppuration and the formation of abscesses. Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
  • Those bruising experiences have led to a softening of their approach. Times, Sunday Times
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