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soft

adjective uk   /sɒft/ us    /sɑːft/

soft adjective (NOT HARD)

A2 not hard or firm: soft ground a soft pillow/mattress soft cheese I like chocolates with soft centres. Soft tissue, such as flesh, allows X-rays through. A2 describes things, especially parts of the body, that are not hard or rough and feel pleasant and smooth when touched: soft lips/cheeks/skin/hair soft leather informal disapproving Someone who is soft is not very healthy and strong: Look at you! You need more exercise. You're going/getting soft.

soft adjective (GENTLE)

B1 not forceful, loud, or easily noticed: a soft voice/sound soft music/lighting a soft glow disapproving not severe or forceful enough, especially in criticizing or punishing someone who has done something wrong: She thinks I'm too soft on the kids when they misbehave. The government can't be seen to be taking a soft line (= not being severe enough) with criminals.

soft adjective (EASY)

UK not difficult: He's got a pretty soft job - he hardly seems to do anything all day.

soft adjective (DRUGS)

[before noun] Soft drugs are illegal drugs that many people think are not dangerous.
softness
noun [U] uk   /ˈsɒft.nəs/ us    /ˈsɑːft-/
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