"softened" in the verb sense
make (images or sounds) soft or softer
2. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break
lessen in force or effect
"soften a shock"
"break a fall"
3. yield, relent, soften
give in, as to influence or pressure
4. cushion, buffer, soften
protect from impact
"cushion the blow"
5. mince, soften, moderate
make less severe or harsh
"He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
make soft or softer
"This liquid will soften your laundry"
become soft or softer
"The bread will soften if you pour some liquid on it"
"softened" in the adjective sense
2. dull, muffled, muted, softened
being or made softer or less loud or clear
"the dull boom of distant breaking waves"
"the muffled noises of the street"
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