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English definition of “gentle”

gentle

adjective  /ˈdʒen·təl/ us  
calm, kind, or soft; not violent or severe: a gentle smile a gentle breeze The path has a gentle (= gradual) slope.
gentleness
noun [U]  /ˈdʒen·təl·nəs/ us  
gently
adverb  /ˈdʒent·li/ us  
He gently lifted the baby out of the crib.
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