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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.
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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.
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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
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[ˈdʒɛntli] adv
[touch, move] → doucement
[say, smile] → avec douceur; [cook] → à feu doux
gently sloping → en pente douce
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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)
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[ˈdʒɛntlɪ] adv (say, smile) → dolcemente; (touch) → lievemente, delicatamente
gently does it! → piano!
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(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
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


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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.
"Well, did you find some?" she asked from under the white kerchief, turning her handsome, gently smiling face to him.
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Do I live but for her?" Both his voice and looks were full of inexpressible tenderness when he spoke these words; and at the same time he laid gently hold on her hand, which she did not withdraw from him; to say the truth, she hardly knew what she did or suffered.
But beauty's voice speaketh gently: it appealeth only to the most awakened souls.
He ran home and told his Mother, saying, "Although it hurts me very much, I only touched it gently." "That was just why it stung you," said his Mother.
Moy, to argue the point with you," he said, gently. "I can understand that my conduct must necessarily appear strange and even blameworthy, not in your eyes only, but in the eyes of others.
Many of the meadows were under water, and in one low part of the road the water was halfway up to my knees; the bottom was good, and master drove gently, so it was no matter.
GENTLY then--very gently, the Doctor woke the man up.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-- While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Then, while she still kept her eyes closed, she heard a rough voice saying, very gently,--