Meaning of “softly” in the English Dictionary

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"softly" in British English

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uk /ˈsɒ us /ˈsɑː

B1 gently:

She speaks softly but usually gets her own way.

More examples

  • "Peter," she called softly.
  • She chuckled softly.
  • He closed the door softly.
  • She started crying softly.
  • Nicola laughed softly.

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

"softly" in American English

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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)