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gen·tle

 (jĕn′tl)
adj. gen·tler, gen·tlest
1. Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender.
2. Not harsh or severe; mild and soft: a gentle scolding; a gentle tapping at the window.
3. Easily managed or handled; docile: a gentle horse.
4. Not steep or sudden; gradual: a gentle incline.
5.
a. Of good family; wellborn: a child of gentle birth.
b. Suited to one of good breeding; refined and polite: a gentle greeting to a stranger.
6. Archaic Noble; chivalrous: a gentle knight.
n. Archaic
One of good birth or relatively high station.
tr.v. gen·tled, gen·tling, gen·tles
1. To make less severe or intense: The peaceful sunset gentled her dreadful mood.
2. To soothe, as by stroking; pacify.
3. To tame or break (a horse).
4. Obsolete To raise to the status of a noble.

[Middle English gentil, courteous, noble, from Old French, from Latin gentīlis, of the same clan, from gēns, gent-, clan; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

gen′tle·ness n.
gen′tly adv.

gentle

(ˈdʒɛntəl)
adj
1. having a mild or kindly nature or character
2. soft or temperate; mild; moderate: a gentle scolding.
3. gradual: a gentle slope.
4. easily controlled; tame: a gentle horse.
5. archaic of good breeding; noble: gentle blood.
6. archaic gallant; chivalrous
vb (tr)
7. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) to tame or subdue (a horse)
8. to appease or mollify
9. obsolete to ennoble or dignify
n
10. (Zoology) a maggot, esp when used as bait in fishing
11. archaic a person who is of good breeding
[C13: from Old French gentil noble, from Latin gentīlis belonging to the same family; see gens]
ˈgently adv

gen•tle

(ˈdʒɛn tl)

adj. -tler, -tlest, adj.
1. kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.
2. not severe, rough, or violent; mild: a gentle tap on the arm.
3. moderate: gentle heat.
4. not steep; gradual: a gentle slope.
5. of good birth or family.
6. characteristic of good birth; respectable: a gentle upbringing.
7. easily handled or managed: a gentle animal.
8. soft or low: a gentle sound.
9. refined; courteous.
10. Archaic. noble; chivalrous: a gentle knight.
v.t.
11. to tame; render tractable.
12. to mollify; calm.
13. to make gentle.
14. to stroke; soothe by petting.
15. to ennoble; dignify.
[1175–1225; < Old French gentil highborn < Latin gentīlis; see gentile]
gen′tle•ness, n.
gen′tly, adv.

gentle


Past participle: gentled
Gerund: gentling

Imperative
gentle
gentle
Present
I gentle
you gentle
he/she/it gentles
we gentle
you gentle
they gentle
Preterite
I gentled
you gentled
he/she/it gentled
we gentled
you gentled
they gentled
Present Continuous
I am gentling
you are gentling
he/she/it is gentling
we are gentling
you are gentling
they are gentling
Present Perfect
I have gentled
you have gentled
he/she/it has gentled
we have gentled
you have gentled
they have gentled
Past Continuous
I was gentling
you were gentling
he/she/it was gentling
we were gentling
you were gentling
they were gentling
Past Perfect
I had gentled
you had gentled
he/she/it had gentled
we had gentled
you had gentled
they had gentled
Future
I will gentle
you will gentle
he/she/it will gentle
we will gentle
you will gentle
they will gentle
Future Perfect
I will have gentled
you will have gentled
he/she/it will have gentled
we will have gentled
you will have gentled
they will have gentled
Future Continuous
I will be gentling
you will be gentling
he/she/it will be gentling
we will be gentling
you will be gentling
they will be gentling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gentling
you have been gentling
he/she/it has been gentling
we have been gentling
you have been gentling
they have been gentling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gentling
you will have been gentling
he/she/it will have been gentling
we will have been gentling
you will have been gentling
they will have been gentling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gentling
you had been gentling
he/she/it had been gentling
we had been gentling
you had been gentling
they had been gentling
Conditional
I would gentle
you would gentle
he/she/it would gentle
we would gentle
you would gentle
they would gentle
Past Conditional
I would have gentled
you would have gentled
he/she/it would have gentled
we would have gentled
you would have gentled
they would have gentled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gentle - cause to be more favorably inclinedgentle - cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer"
calm, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm down, quiet, quieten, lull - make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
2.gentle - give a title to someonegentle - give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
elevate, kick upstairs, promote, upgrade, advance, raise - give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
baronetise, baronetize - confer baronetcy upon; "He was baronetized for his loyalty to the country"
lord - make a lord of someone
knight, dub - raise (someone) to knighthood; "The Beatles were knighted"
3.gentle - stroke soothingly
pet - stroke or caress gently; "pet the lamb"
Adj.1.gentle - soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; "a gentle reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him"
mild - moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme; "a mild winter storm"; "a mild fever"; "fortunately the pain was mild"; "a mild rebuke"; "mild criticism"
2.gentle - having or showing a kindly or tender nature; "the gentle touch of her hand"; "her gentle manner was comforting"; "a gentle sensitive nature"; "gentle blue eyes"
kind - having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
3.gentle - quiet and soothing; "a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne"
soft - (of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music"
4.gentle - belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracygentle - belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes"
noble - of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times; "of noble birth"
5.gentle - easily handled or managed; "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"
tamed, tame - brought from wildness into a domesticated state; "tame animals"; "fields of tame blueberries"
6.gentle - having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"
light - of little intensity or power or force; "the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze"
7.gentle - marked by moderate steepness; "an easy climb"; "a gentle slope"
gradual - (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt; "a gradual slope"

gentle

adjective
2. slow, easy, slight, deliberate, moderate, gradual, imperceptible His movements were gentle and deliberate.
3. moderate, low, light, easy, soft, calm, slight, mild, soothing, clement, temperate, balmy The wind had dropped to a gentle breeze.
moderate strong, powerful, violent
4. gradual, easy, slight We first practised our skiing on gentle slopes.
gradual sudden, precipitous
5. moderate, mild Cook for 15 minutes over a gentle heat.

gentle

adjective
1. Of a kindly, considerate character:
2. Free from severity or violence, as in movement:
3. Of small intensity:
4. Easily managed or handled:
5. Not steep or abrupt:
verb
1. To ease the anger or agitation of:
2. To train to live with and be of use to people:
3. To make (an animal) docile:
Translations
لَطيفمُنْحَدَر سَهْلناعِم، مُعْتَدِلنَبِيل
mírnývlídnýjemný
blidroligsvag
hellä
nježan
blíîur, òægilegurvægur, mildurvægur; aflíîandi
優しい
온화한
nestatusnuolaidus
laipnslēnprātīgsliegsmaigsnolaidens
blagpazljiv
varsam
อย่างอ่อนโยน
kibarnazikhafifhafif yokuş
dịu dàng

gentle

[ˈdʒentl] ADJ (gentler (compar) (gentlest (superl)))
1. (= kind, good-natured) [person] → de carácter dulce; [manner, voice] → dulce, delicado; [eyes, smile] → dulce, tierno; [hint, reminder, rebuke] → discreto; [animal] → manso, dócil
to be gentle with sb/sth (= careful) → tener cuidado con algn/algo
be gentle with him, he's had a terrible shockten consideración con él, ha sufrido un golpe muy duro
to poke gentle fun at sbburlarse sin malicia de algn, burlarse cariñosamente de algn
the policy of gentle persuasion had failedla política de la sutil persuasión había fracasado
try a little gentle persuasion, he might say yesintenta persuadirlo un poco, puede que diga que sí
he needs a gentle pushnecesita un pequeño empuje
the gentle or gentler sex (o.f.) → el bello sexo
as gentle as a lambmás bueno que el pan, más manso que un cordero
2. (= mild) [shampoo, soap, detergent] → suave
it is gentle on the skinno irrita la piel
3. (= light) [touch, pressure, push, breeze] → suave, ligero
there was a gentle tap at the doorse oyeron unos golpecitos a la puerta
4. (= moderate) [exercise] → moderado
cook for 30 minutes over a gentle heatcocinar durante 30 minutos a fuego lento
we jogged along at a gentle pacehicimos footing a un ritmo suave
it was too hot even for a gentle strollhacía demasiado calor incluso para pasear lentamente
5. (= not steep) [slope] → suave, poco pronunciado; [curve] → no muy cerrado
gentle rolling hillscolinas suaves y onduladas
6. (o.f.) (= noble)
of gentle birthde noble cuna
gentle readerestimado or querido lector

gentle

[ˈdʒɛntəl] adj
[person, character] → doux(douce)
[breeze, movement] → léger/ère
(= not steep) [slope] → doux(douce); [hill] → petit(e)
[heat] → doux(douce)
over a gentle heat → à feu doux
[soap] → doux(douce)
[hint, reminder] to give a gentle hint about sth → faire une allusion discrète à qch

gentle

adj (+er)
person, dispositionsanft(mütig); animalzahm; voice, eyes, manner, smilesanft; treatmentschonend; to be gentle with somebody (physically) → sanft or behutsam mit jdm umgehen; (mentally) → sanft or einfühlsam mit jdm umgehen; to be gentle with somethingvorsichtig or behutsam mit etw umgehen; as gentle as a lambsanft wie ein Lamm; she needs gentle treatmentsie muss behutsam behandelt werden; the gentle or gentler sex (dated)das zarte Geschlecht
(= light, soft) touch, caresssanft, zart; handsanft, behutsam; movement, pressure, breeze, wind, rainsanft, leicht; (= low) heatmäßig; (= not severe) hill, slope, curve, landscapesanft; coloursanft, zart; soundleise; pace, stroll, exercisegemächlich; cook over a gentle heatbei geringer Hitze kochen; we made gentle progresswir machten langsame, aber stetige Fortschritte
(= mild) detergent, lotion, creammild; this detergent is gentle on the skindieses Putzmittel schont die Haut
(= subtle, discreet)mild; rebukesanft, mild; persuasionfreundlich, sanft; a gentle hinteine zarte Andeutung; a gentle reminderein zarter Wink, ein sanfter Hinweis; to poke gentle fun at somebody, to have a gentle dig at somebodyjdn freundlich necken
(= wellborn) of gentle birth (dated form)von edler or hoher Geburt

gentle

[ˈdʒɛntl] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (person, slope, voice) → dolce; (touch) → delicato/a; (hint, reminder) → velato/a; (rebuke) → discreto/a; (heat, exercise) → moderato/a; (breeze, sound) → leggero/a
to be gentle with sb → trattare qn con delicatezza

gentle

(ˈdʒentl) adjective
1. (of people) behaving, talking etc in a mild, kindly, pleasant way. a gentle old lady; The doctor was very gentle.
2. not strong or rough. a gentle breeze.
3. (of hills) rising gradually. a gentle slope.
ˈgently adverb
ˈgentleness noun

gentle

نَبِيل mírný blid sanft καλόκαρδος gentil, suave hellä gentil nježan delicato 優しい 온화한 zachtaardig mild łagodny gentil добрый varsam อย่างอ่อนโยน kibar dịu dàng 文雅的

gentle

a. suave, sutil, tierno-a; moderado-a;
adv. suavemente, sutilmente, tiernamente; moderadamente.

gentle

adj suave, ligero
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He was one of those rare, little- understood men who rule by a power so gentle that it passes as a lovable weakness.
Tom, with the butt of his rifle, gave it a gentle shove, whereupon the creature scurried off through the brush as though glad to make its escape unscathed.
The road from the post-office came directly by our door, crossed the farmyard, and curved round this little pond, beyond which it began to climb the gentle swell of unbroken prairie to the west.
The action was at first a little confusing to Edna, but she soon lent herself readily to the Creole's gentle caress.
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Just at the close of day the gentle gales retired, and left the place to the disposal of a profound calm.
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I should hear it still rippling on with its gentle harpsichord tinkle, as I stretched myself down among the cool lavendered sheets, and little by little let slip the multifarious world.
Luckily she only found his wife at home, who was much struck by the Princess's youth and beauty and sweet gentle manners, and still further impressed by the present of the shining pebble.
Then she spread the table afresh, and to it came fearlessly the busy ant and bee, gay butterfly and bird; even the poor blind mole and humble worm were not forgotten; and with gentle words she gave to all, while each learned something of their kind little teacher; and the love that made her own heart bright shone alike on all.