Translation of soften in Spanish:


ablandar, v.

Pronunciation: /ˈsɒf(ə)n//ˈsɔfən/

transitive verb

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    • 1.1(make less hard)

      (dough/butter/clay) ablandar
      (leather) ablandar
      (skin) suavizar
      • If the chocolate starts to firm, soften over the heated water again.
      • Add onion, ginger and garlic and stir until onion is softened using low to medium heat.
      • Set aside for 10 minutes for the flavours to marry and the vegetables to soften.
      • Meanwhile, he'll dip the bun in water, letting it soften before consuming it.
      • 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).
      • Let stand until softened; then remove with a cloth dampened with boiled linseed oil.
      • Sodium hydroxide is a caustic type of chemical that actually softens hair fibers.
      • Cooking softens the hemicellulose of vegetables, allowing the nutrients that are present in the food to be more accessible for digestion.
      • Apply the solution to the brick; allow it to soften paint; and remove with scraper and stiff bristle brush.
      • When the oil is hot, add the carrot and onion and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • If you are not satisfied with some part of the product, you only need to sprinkle a little water to soften the clay.
      • Put the butter in a large pan on a low heat and soften any vegetables you decided to toss in.
      • Before planting, soak seeds overnight in warm water to soften and speed germination.
      • Watch it carefully to see when it begins to soften, then immediately remove the heat and scrape the adhesive off with a putty knife.
      • Soak these leaves for five minutes in hot water to soften them.
      • When the vegetables have softened, add all the peas and stir them well into the vegetable mix.
      • If you are using leaf gelatin, put the sheets in cold water to soften.

    • 1.2(make less harsh)

      (color/light) suavizar
      (edges/contours) difuminar
      • Louis turned around swiftly, his hard dangerous expression softening slightly at her poor sight.
      • Better to wait until bubbles burst and manage the consequences, softening the economic blow by loosening monetary policy very quickly.
      • Jessica's stony expression softens and she stares at the ground for a moment.
      • When you think loving thoughts your expression softens and your baby will notice your loving looks.
      • However, at his crestfallen expression, her eyes softened.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • The expression on his face softened as he watched her.
      • Maura's expression softened as she leaned closer to him.
      • 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.
      • Her expression immediately softened at the sight of me but turned hard once more after spotting the Old English sheepdog.
      • He immediately looked up from his maps, his expression softening as he looked up at her.
      • 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.
      • He also looked exceedingly miserable, an expression which softened only in the slightest at the sight of the coffee.
      • Upon seeing Aerin's face, his own expression and tone softened.
      • Something sharp and dangerous transformed his face, his expression going from that of a parent trying to soften a blow to a dark anger.
      • His expression softened and his hand was still extended to her, ‘My name's Adam.’
      • Then she looked back to Christopher, her expression softening.
      • ‘We couldn't leave,’ explained Taiyo, her voice softening and her expression falling.

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

intransitive verb

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  • 2

    (become less hard)
    (clay/dough/butter) ablandarse
    (leather) ablandarse
    (skin) suavizarse
  • 3

    (become less harsh)
    (light/color) suavizarse
  • 4

    (become gentler)
    (heart/person) ablandarse
    (voice) suavizarse
    (voice) dulcificarse
  • 5

    (become quieter)

    de volumen

  • 6

    (become more moderate)
    volverse menos intransigente