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Meaning of “soft” in the English Dictionary

"soft" in British English

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softadjective

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 Soft things, ​especiallyparts of the ​body, are not hard or ​rough and ​feelpleasant 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.

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  • soft adjective (GENTLE)

B1 not ​forceful, ​loud, or ​easilynoticed: 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 softline (= not being ​severe enough) with ​criminals.

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  • soft adjective (WATER)

Soft ​watercontains a ​lowlevel of ​minerals and ​allowssoap to make ​bubbles.
  • soft adjective (ECONOMY)

In a soft ​market/​economy there are more ​goods for ​sale than there are ​people to ​buy them, so ​prices are usually ​low.
softness
noun [U] uk   /ˈsɒft.nəs/  us   /ˈsɑːft-/
(Definition of soft from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"soft" in American English

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softadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /sɔft/
not hard or ​firm; ​changingitsshape when ​pressed: The ​crabs are ​plucked from the ​water before ​their soft ​shells have had a ​chance to ​harden. The baby’s ​skinfeels so soft (= ​smooth and ​enjoyable to ​touch).
not ​forceful, ​loud, or ​easilynoticed: a soft ​voice She ​likes soft ​pastelcolors.
not ​strong; ​weak: Car ​sales were soft last ​year. If someone is said to be soft on ​crime, that ​person is ​thought to be not ​forceful enough in ​punishingcriminals.
not ​difficult; ​easier than other things of the same ​type: She ​asked some soft ​questions.
(Definition of soft from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"soft" in Business English

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softadjective

uk   us   /sɒft/
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE used to describe a ​market in which ​prices are not ​rising or are going down: Its ​products may be good, but they ​cost a lot of ​money, which makes them difficult to ​sell in a soft ​market. Deepening soft ​marketconditions make ​profitablegrowth difficult to ​maintain.
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ECONOMICS used to describe ​prices, ​demand, ​sales, etc. that are not ​increasing or that are ​falling: The ​industry is generally ​struggling with soft ​prices and ​expensiverunningcosts. Domestic demand is soft and the Fed could ​cutinterestrates further.
(Definition of soft from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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