Translation of soften in Spanish:


ablandar, v.

Pronunciation /ˈsɔfən//ˈsɒf(ə)n/

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(make less hard)

      (butter/clay/dough) ablandar
      (leather) ablandar
      (skin) suavizar
      • When the oil is hot, add the carrot and onion and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
      • If the chocolate starts to firm, soften over the heated water again.
      • If you are not satisfied with some part of the product, you only need to sprinkle a little water to soften the clay.
      • Before planting, soak seeds overnight in warm water to soften and speed germination.
      • Add onion, ginger and garlic and stir until onion is softened using low to medium heat.
      • Sodium hydroxide is a caustic type of chemical that actually softens hair fibers.
      • While the fruit is softening, boil up the pips to extract their pectin, and strain their juice into the pan while still hot (it will turn to jelly if allowed to cool).
      • Watch it carefully to see when it begins to soften, then immediately remove the heat and scrape the adhesive off with a putty knife.
      • If you are using leaf gelatin, put the sheets in cold water to soften.
      • Soak these leaves for five minutes in hot water to soften them.
      • Cooking softens the hemicellulose of vegetables, allowing the nutrients that are present in the food to be more accessible for digestion.
      • Put the butter in a large pan on a low heat and soften any vegetables you decided to toss in.
      • Let stand until softened; then remove with a cloth dampened with boiled linseed oil.
      • Apply the solution to the brick; allow it to soften paint; and remove with scraper and stiff bristle brush.
      • It offers a rich, creamy lather that will invigorate, moisturize and soften your hair.
      • These are products which can prevent drying of the skin, thereby moisturizing and softening the skin.
      • When the vegetables have softened, add all the peas and stir them well into the vegetable mix.
      • The industry was a major contributor to the city's wealth, with whale oil mixed with water being used to soften jute so it could be woven.
      • Meanwhile, he'll dip the bun in water, letting it soften before consuming it.
      • Set aside for 10 minutes for the flavours to marry and the vegetables to soften.

    • 1.2(make less harsh)

      (color/light) suavizar
      (edges/contours) difuminar
      • He immediately looked up from his maps, his expression softening as he looked up at her.
      • The expression on his face softened as he watched her.
      • These interviews make a powerful case that we need to soften the blows that often come with economic changes, even if such changes are inevitable.
      • His expression softened and his hand was still extended to her, ‘My name's Adam.’
      • He also looked exceedingly miserable, an expression which softened only in the slightest at the sight of the coffee.
      • However, at his crestfallen expression, her eyes softened.
      • ‘We couldn't leave,’ explained Taiyo, her voice softening and her expression falling.
      • The combination lets people have it both ways: The foam keeps the cushion upright and helps it hold its shape, while the down makes a comfortable seat and softens the severe line of the foam.
      • Something sharp and dangerous transformed his face, his expression going from that of a parent trying to soften a blow to a dark anger.
      • Upon seeing Aerin's face, his own expression and tone softened.
      • When you think loving thoughts your expression softens and your baby will notice your loving looks.
      • Christopher turned away and ascended the stairs, his expression softening to a different smile as the door opened to reveal Sara's bright face and slender form.
      • Better to wait until bubbles burst and manage the consequences, softening the economic blow by loosening monetary policy very quickly.
      • Mack admitted, his face softening into a vulnerable expression.
      • Harriette's expression of resolve softened, and she reached out and cupped Marguerite's chin in a motherly fashion.
      • Jessica's stony expression softens and she stares at the ground for a moment.
      • Maura's expression softened as she leaned closer to him.
      • Then she looked back to Christopher, her expression softening.
      • Louis turned around swiftly, his hard dangerous expression softening slightly at her poor sight.
      • Her expression immediately softened at the sight of me but turned hard once more after spotting the Old English sheepdog.

  • 2

    (shock) suavizar
    (effect) atenuar
    (effect) mitigar
    to soften the blow suavizar / amortiguar el golpe
    • to soften one's position adoptar una postura menos intransigente
  • 3

    (water) ablandar
    (water) descalcificar
    • To soften the water, the maid Kikuno would enter the tub first to ‘massage or knead the water’.
    • The vinegar in this formula will help to remove stains, odors and soften the water.
    • Some consumers are concerned that drinking softened water will increase the level of sodium in their diet.
    • Observations have shown increased copper levels in water softened with ion exchange water softeners.
    • Water softeners are sometimes a hidden source of sodium in your water at home - although cold water often isn't softened.
    • Hard water can be softened using an ion exchange softening process.
    • Hard water can be softened with the addition of a handful of washing soda (available from supermarkets) to the wash and rinse cycles.
    • The most common way to soften household water is to use a water softener.
    • The higher the concentration of these minerals, the more sodium needed to soften the water.
    • But what you should try and find out about is what kind of agents have been added to harden or soften the tap water, as it affects the taste.
    • This softens the water a little and is fine because of the tap water I have.
    • We decided to only soften the water that would be heated, since there were no other quality issues with hardness in the cold tap water.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (become less hard)
    (butter/dough/clay) ablandarse
    (leather) ablandarse
    (skin) suavizarse
  • 2

    (become less harsh)
    (light/color) suavizarse
  • 3

    (become gentler)
    (heart/person) ablandarse
    (voice) suavizarse
    (voice) dulcificarse
  • 4

    (become quieter)

    de volumen

  • 5

    (become more moderate)
    volverse menos intransigente