Third-person singular simple present indicative form of soften.(verb)
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Use "softens" in a sentence
"When he sees me, his expression softens, but only a modicum."
"Let stand, stirring once or twice, until the gelatin softens, about 6 minutes."
"As she talks further with Cassie, her expression softens all the more, and she ultimately comes across as a single mother with a miserable job, who lacks the time, money, and motivation to eat well and take better care of herself."