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Meaning of “softly” in the English Dictionary

"softly" in British English

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softlyadverb

uk   /ˈsɒft.li/  us   /ˈsɑːft-/
B1 gently: She ​speaks softly but usually gets her own way.

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

"softly" in American English

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softlyadverb

 us   /ˈsɔft·li/
gently; not ​loudly or ​forcefully: She ​spoke so softly it was hard to ​hear her.
(Definition of softly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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