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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.
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.


1. 'gently'

If you do something gently, you do it carefully and without using force, in order to avoid hurting someone or damaging something.

I shook her gently and she opened her eyes.
2. 'politely'

Don't use 'gently' to say that someone shows good manners. Use politely.

He thanked me politely.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.gently - in a gradual manner; "a gently sloping terrain"
2.gently - in a gentle mannergently - in a gentle manner; "he talked gently to the injured animal"
3.gently - with little weight or force; "she kissed him lightly on the forehead"
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[ˈdʒentlɪ] ADV
1. (= softly, kindly) [say] → dulcemente, suavemente; [smile] → dulcemente, con dulzura; [hint, remind] → con delicadeza
2. (= carefully) [handle] → con cuidado
gently clean the wound with salt waterlimpiar la herida con cuidado usando agua salada
a lotion that gently cleanses your skinuna loción que limpia la piel sin irritar
gently does it!¡con cuidado!, ¡despacito!
3. (= lightly) [blow, touch, push, tap] → ligeramente, suavemente
I shook her gently and she opened her eyesla sacudí ligeramente or suavemente y abrió los ojos
4. (= slowly) [pick up speed] → poco a poco; [simmer, cook] → a fuego lento
simmer gently until the sugar dissolveshervir a fuego lento hasta que el azúcar se disuelva
5. (= not steeply) [slope] → suavemente


[ˈdʒɛntli] adv
[touch, move] → doucement
[say, smile] → avec douceur; [cook] → à feu doux
gently sloping → en pente douce


adv say, smile, slope, fallsanft; move, shake, touch, caress, handle, presssanft, behutsam; knockleise; strollgemächlich; climbleicht; simmer, cooklangsam; treatschonend; you must tell him gentlydu musst es ihm schonend beibringen; it/she needs to be handled gentlydamit/mit ihr muss man behutsam umgehen; gently does it!sachte, sachte!; the doctor told me to take things gentlyder Arzt sagte mir, dass ich es langsam angehen lassen soll (inf); to simmer gentlyauf kleiner Flamme langsam kochen (lassen)


[ˈdʒɛntlɪ] adv (say, smile) → dolcemente; (touch) → lievemente, delicatamente
gently does it! → piano!


(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


بِلُطْف lehce blidt sanft απαλά con cuidado varovasti gentiment nježno delicatamente 優しく 온화하게 zachtjes vennlig łagodnie gentilmente нежно varsamt อย่างนุ่มนวล kibarca một cách nhẹ nhàng 轻轻地
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In spite of her small vanities, Margaret had a sweet and pious nature, which unconsciously influenced her sisters, especially Jo, who loved her very tenderly, and obeyed her because her advice was so gently given.
Below us we could see the windings of the river, and Black Hawk, grouped among its trees, and, beyond, the rolling country, swelling gently until it met the sky.
Blowing out the candle, which her husband had left burning, she slipped her bare feet into a pair of satin mules at the foot of the bed and went out on the porch, where she sat down in the wicker chair and began to rock gently to and fro.
But when he felt the fingers of Heyward moving gently along his own naked arm, he struck up the limb of the young man, and, uttering a piercing cry, he darted beneath it, and plunged, at a single bound, into the opposite thicket.
During this time we discovered no uneasiness or desire to escape, which made them less suspicious of us; but in the dead of night, as we lay in a thick cane-brake by a large fire, when sleep had locked up their senses, my situation not disposing me for rest, I touched my companion and gently awoke him.
And then I said it again, several times, very gently and slowly, and said it so often that he had to go and see, and he got it of course, and came in.
Ichabod, therefore, made his advances in a quiet and gently insinuating manner.
He looked round at me now, as if in recognition of my understanding him; then ever so gently, "To let me alone," he replied.
He was sitting on a bench before the fire, with his feet on the stove hearth, and in one hand was holding close up to his face that little negro idol of his; peering hard into its face, and with a jack-knife gently whittling away at its nose, meanwhile humming to himself in his heathenish way.
As the three boats lay there on that gently rolling sea, gazing down into its eternal blue noon; and as not a single groan or cry of any sort, nay, not so much as a ripple or a bubble came up from its depths; what landsman would have thought, that beneath all that silence and placidity, the utmost monster of the seas was writhing and wrenching in agony
Next came the saddle, but that was not half so bad; my master put it on my back very gently, while old Daniel held my head; he then made the girths fast under my body, patting and talking to me all the time; then I had a few oats, then a little leading about; and this he did every day till I began to look for the oats and the saddle.
It had a turn for quacking and squeaking,--that chair had,--either from having taken cold in early life, or from some asthmatic affection, or perhaps from nervous derangement; but, as she gently swung backward and forward, the chair kept up a kind of subdued "creechy crawchy," that would have been intolerable in any other chair.