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soft

 (sôft, sŏft)
adj. soft·er, soft·est
1.
a. Yielding readily to pressure or weight: a soft melon; a soft pillow.
b. Easily molded, cut, or worked: soft wood.
c. Sports Not tense and therefore capable of absorbing the impact of a ball or puck and of catching, receiving, or controlling it: a receiver with soft hands.
2. Out of condition; flabby: got soft sitting at a desk all day.
3. Smooth or fine to the touch: a soft fabric; soft fur.
4.
a. Not loud, harsh, or irritating: a soft voice.
b. Not brilliant or glaring; subdued: soft colors.
5. Not sharply drawn or delineated: soft charcoal shading; a scene filmed in soft focus.
6. Mild; balmy: a soft breeze.
7.
a. Tender or affectionate: a soft glance.
b. Attracted or emotionally involved: He has been soft on her for years.
c. Not stern; lenient: a coach who was soft on his players.
d. Lacking strength of character; weak: too soft for the pressure of being a spy.
e. Informal Simple-minded or foolish: He's soft in the head.
8.
a. Not demanding or difficult; easy: a soft job.
b. Based on conciliation or compromise: took a soft line toward their opponents.
c. Gradually declining in trend; not firm: a soft economy; a soft computer market.
d. Sports Scored on a shot that the goalie should have blocked: a soft goal.
9. Informal and entertaining without confronting difficult issues or hard facts: limited the discussion to soft topics.
10. Using or based on data that is not readily quantifiable or amenable to experimental verification or refutation: The lawyer downplayed the soft evidence.
11. Softcore.
12. Being a turn in a specific direction at an angle less acute than other possible routes: a soft right.
13. Of or relating to a paper currency as distinct from a hard currency backed by gold.
14. Having low dissolved mineral content: soft water.
15.
a. Nonalcoholic.
b. Nonaddictive or mildly addictive. Used of certain drugs.
16. Having a low or lower power of penetration: soft x-rays.
17. Linguistics
a. Sibilant rather than guttural, as c in certain and g in gem.
b. Voiced and weakly articulated: a soft consonant.
c. Palatalized, as certain consonants in Slavic languages.
18. Unprotected against or vulnerable to attack: a soft target.
adv.
In a soft manner; gently.

[Middle English, pleasant, calm, from Old English sōfte.]

soft′ly adv.
soft′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.softly - with low volume; "speak softly but carry a big stick"; "she spoke quietly to the child"; "the radio was playing softly"
loud, loudly, aloud - with relatively high volume; "the band played loudly"; "she spoke loudly and angrily"; "he spoke loud enough for those at the back of the room to hear him"; "cried aloud for help"
2.softly - in a manner that is pleasing to the senses; "she smiled softly"
3.softly - with little weight or force; "she kissed him lightly on the forehead"
4.softly - used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
Translations
بِنُعومَه
měkcetiše
blidtblødtdæmpetmildt
lágyan
mjúklega
mäkko
mehkonežno
alçak sesletatlı tatlı

softly

[ˈsɒftlɪ] ADV
1. (= quietly) [walk, move] → silenciosamente, sin hacer ruido; [say] → bajito, en voz baja; [whistle] → bajito
he closed the door softlycerró la puerta silenciosamente
he swore softlydijo una palabrota en voz baja, susurró una palabrota
the radio was playing softly in the kitchenla radio sonaba bajito en la cocina
a softly spoken young manun joven de voz suave
2. (= gently) [touch, tap, kiss] → suavemente; [smile] → con ternura, dulcemente; [say] → dulcemente
3. (= not brightly) [glow, gleam, shine] → tenuemente
softly litiluminado con luz tenue

softly

[ˈsɒftli] adv
(= gently) [touch, stroke, kiss] → doucement
(= quietly) [speak, whisper, laugh, play] → doucement
(= not brightly) [shine, glow] → doucementsoft margarine nmargarine f (facile à tartiner)

softly

adv
(= gently, tenderly)sanft; (= not loud)leise; rain, blowleicht, sacht; her hair falls softly round her shouldersihr Haar fällt weich auf die Schultern; a softly blowing breezeein sanfter or schwacher Wind; softly whipped creamleicht geschlagene Sahne; to be softly spokeneine angenehme Stimme haben; softly litgedämpft beleuchtet
(= leniently)nachsichtig

softly

[ˈsɒftlɪ] adv (gen) → dolcemente; (walk) → silenziosamente; (gently, knock) → lievemente

soft

(soft) adjective
1. not hard or firm; easily changing shape when pressed. a soft cushion.
2. pleasantly smooth to the touch. The dog has a soft, silky coat.
3. not loud. a soft voice.
4. (of colour) not bright or harsh. a soft pink.
5. not strict (enough). You are too soft with him.
6. (of a drink) not alcoholic. At the party they were serving soft drinks as well as wine and spirits.
7. childishly weak, timid or silly. Don't be so soft – the dog won't hurt you.
ˈsoftly adverb
ˈsoftness noun
soften (ˈsofn) verb
to make or become soft or softer, less strong or less painful. The thick walls softened the noise of the explosion.
ˌsoft-ˈboiled adjective
(of eggs) slightly boiled, so that the yolk is still soft. She likes her eggs soft-boiled.
ˌsoft-ˈhearted adjective
kind-hearted and generous. He had been given some money by a soft-hearted aunt.
ˌsoft-ˈspoken adjective
having a gentle voice or manner. She was a soft-spoken woman with a shy smile.
ˈsoftware noun
computer programs, as opposed to the machines themselves (ˈhardware).
ˈsoftwood noun, adjective
(of) the wood of a conebearing tree eg a pine. softwood furniture.
have a soft spot for
to have a weakness for (someone or something) because of great affection. He's always had a soft spot for his youngest son.
References in classic literature ?
No one but Beth could get much music out of the old piano, but she had a way of softly touching the yellow keys and making a pleasant accompaniment to the simple songs they sang.
Around a corner toward the New Willard House he went whistling softly.
I was lying in a little room, scarcely larger than the bed that held me, and the window-shade at my head was flapping softly in a warm wind.
Then she went softly out of doors, and plucking an orange from the low-hanging bough of a tree, threw it at Robert, who did not know she was awake and up.
and softly patted my hand again, as I sat looking thoughtfully at the fire.
For eleven years, I had not seen Joe nor Biddy with my bodily eyes-though they had both been often before my fancy in the East-when, upon an evening in December, an hour or two after dark, I laid my hand softly on the latch of the old kitchen door.
Nor should one ever eat without a seventeenth-century poet in an old yellow-leaved edition upon the table, not to be read, of course, any more than the flowers are to be eaten, but just to make music of association very softly to our thoughts.
And he crawled quietly underneath a friendly bush--much as he had done when Robin undertook to teach Will Scarlet a lesson--and chuckled softly to himself and slapped his thigh and prepared to watch the fight at his ease.
Softly the wind bloweth, Softly the rain falls, Joy like a mist blots The thoughts of my home out; There none would honour me, Fallen from honours.
Through the crowd there came a little form, a wreath of pure white violets lay among the bright locks that fell so softly round the gentle face, where a deep blush glowed, as, kneeling at the throne, little Violet said:--
For then You will softly and suddenly vanish away, And never be met with again
Ere Mor the Peacock flutters, ere the Monkey People cry, Ere Chil the Kite swoops down a furlong sheer, Through the Jungle very softly flits a shadow and a sigh-- He is Fear, O Little Hunter, he is Fear!