Meaning of “gently” in the English Dictionary

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"gently" in British English

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uk /ˈdʒ us /ˈdʒ

B2 calmly, kindly, or softly:

He lifted the baby gently out of its crib.
to smile/laugh/blow gently

without force or strength:

The door closed gently.

More examples

  • Push the clutch in, put the car into gear, rev the engine and then gently let the clutch out.
  • The road slopes gently downwards for a mile or two.
  • Use your fingertips to gently flatten the pastry.
  • The teacher gently reproved the boys for not paying attention.
  • When it's icy, brake gently.


(Definition of “gently” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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