Definition of mellow verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mellow

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    BrE BrE//ˈmeləʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeloʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mellow
    BrE BrE//ˈmeləʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeloʊ//
     
    he / she / it mellows
    BrE BrE//ˈmeləʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeloʊz//
     
    past simple mellowed
    BrE BrE//ˈmeləʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeloʊd//
     
    past participle mellowed
    BrE BrE//ˈmeləʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeloʊd//
     
    -ing form mellowing
    BrE BrE//ˈmeləʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeloʊɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to become or make somebody become less extreme in behaviour, etc., especially as a result of growing older She had mellowed a great deal since their days at college. He had mellowed a lot over the years. She had mellowed a little with age. mellow somebody A period spent working abroad had done nothing to mellow him.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] mellow (something) to become or to make a colour become less bright, especially over a period of time
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] mellow (something) to develop or make wine develop a pleasant and less bitter taste over a period of time
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘ripe, sweet, and juicy’): perhaps from attributive use of Old English melu, melw- (see meal ‘ground grain or pulses’). The verb dates from the late 16th cent. Phrasal Verbsmellow out
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