Soften vs Low - What's the difference?

soften | low |

In lang=en terms the difference between soften and low

is that soften is to become soft or softer while low is to moo.

As verbs the difference between soften and low

is that soften is to make something soft or softer while low is (obsolete|transitive) to depress; to lower or low can be or low can be to moo or low can be (uk|scotland|dialect) to burn; to blaze.

As an adjective low is

in a position comparatively close to the ground.

As a noun low is

something that is low; a low point or low can be (countable|uk|scotland|dialect) a flame; fire; blaze or low can be , mound, tumulus.

As an adverb low is

close to the ground.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en verb)
  • To make something soft or softer.
  • Soften the butter before beating in the sugar.
  • To undermine the morale of someone (often soften up ).
  • Before the invasion, we softened up the enemy with the artillery.
  • To make less harsh
  • Having second thoughts, I softened my criticism.
  • * '>citation
  • To become soft or softer
  • The butter softened as it warmed up.



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) lowe, lohe, . More at lie.


  • In a position comparatively close to the ground.
  • Small in height.
  • Situated below the normal level, or the mean elevation.
  • Depressed, sad.
  • low spirits
    I felt low at Christmas with no family to celebrate with.
  • Not high in amount or quantity.
  • Food prices are lower in a supermarket than in a luxury department store.
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  • Of a pitch, suggesting a lower frequency.
  • Quiet; soft; not loud.
  • Despicable; lacking dignity; vulgar.
  • a person of low mind
    a low trick or stratagem
  • Lacking health or vitality; feeble; weak.
  • a low pulse
    made low by sickness
  • Being near the equator.
  • the low northern latitudes
  • Humble in character or status.
  • * Milton
  • Why but to keep ye low and ignorant?
  • * Felton
  • In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull.
  • Simple in complexity or development.
  • Designed for the slowest speed, as in low gear .
  • Articulated with a wide space between the flat tongue and the palette.
  • (phonetics) Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate.
  • (archaic) Not rich, highly seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple.
  • a low diet
    * (in a position comparatively close to the ground) nether, underslung * (small in height) short, small * (depressed) blue, depressed, down, miserable, sad, unhappy, gloomy * reduced, devalued, low-level * low-pitched, deep, flat * low-toned, soft * (despicable thing to do) immoral, abject, scummy, scurvy
    * (in a position comparatively close to the ground) high
    Derived terms
    * high and low * lowball * low blow * low bridge * low-budget * low-cost * Low Countries * low-cut * lower * lowercase * low-fat * Low German * low-grade * low island * lowland * Low Latin * low-level * low loader * lowly * low-lying * low road * low tide


    (en noun)
  • Something that is low; a low point.
  • You have achieved a new low in behavior, Frank.
    ''Economic growth has hit a new low .
  • A depressed mood or situation.
  • He is in a low right now
  • (meteorology) An area of low pressure; a depression.
  • The lowest-speed gearing of a power-transmission system, especially of an automotive vehicle.
  • Shift out of low before the car gets to eight miles per hour.
  • (card games) The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.
  • (slang) (usually accompanied by "the") a cheap, cost-efficient, or advantageous payment or expense.
  • He got the brand new Yankees jersey for the low .


  • Close to the ground.
  • Of a pitch, at a lower frequency.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Can sing both high and low .
  • With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently.
  • to speak low
  • * Tennyson
  • The odorous wind / Breathes low between the sunset and the moon.
  • Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply.
  • He sold his wheat low .
  • In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.
  • * '>citation
  • In a time approaching our own.
  • * John Locke
  • In that part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds.
  • (astronomy) In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution.
  • The moon runs low , i.e. comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To depress; to lower.
  • (Jonathan Swift)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) . More at laugh.


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  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) . More at claim.


    (en verb)
  • To moo.
  • The cattle were lowing .
  • * Gray
  • The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.

    Etymology 4

    From (etyl) lowe, loghe, from (etyl) . More at leye, light.

    Alternative forms

    * lowe


    (en noun)
  • (countable, UK, Scotland, dialect) A flame; fire; blaze.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (UK, Scotland, dialect) To burn; to blaze.
  • (Burns)

    Etymology 5

    From (etyl) . Obsolete by the 19th century, survives in toponymy as -low.

    Alternative forms

    * lawe


    (en noun)
  • , mound, tumulus.
  • A barrow or Low, such as were usually cast up over the bodies of eminent Captains.'' (Robert Plot, ''The natural history of Staffordshire , 1686; cited after OED).
  • (Scottish dialectal, archaic) A hill.
  • And some they brought the brown lint-seed, and flung it down from the Low.'' (Mary Howitt, ''Ballads and other poems 1847)