Definition of softly in English:

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softly

Pronunciation: /ˈsôf(t)lē/

adverb

1In a careful and gentle manner: John kissed Cynthia softly and tenderly she softly brushed the tears away
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  • One by one she demonstrated her appreciation by softly stroking their hands.
  • He touches softly at his guitar in that electric samba style, and his breathy croon winds the melody in and out of the occasional low swell of horns.
  • She was lying perfectly still, looking at me with eyes wide open, and softly patting her sister with her free hand.
1.1With a quiet and gentle voice or sound: he whispered softly in my ear the TV was murmuring softly a softly spoken woman
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  • From behind her door came the sound of a man singing an old country song, the guitar strumming softly in the background.
  • At the close, he switches back to the minor, violins softly reiterating the sad opening motive like a threnody of distilled passion.
  • From the first softly sonorous piano tones, Bronfman played with a fierce passion that was riveting.
1.2In a pleasantly subdued manner: the softly glowing fire candlelight softly lit the restaurant
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  • She effortlessly keeps a delicate, softly humorous tone throughout the film.
  • A large oculus brings a cylinder of light down into the main library, bathing the interior in a softly luminous glow.
  • The interior of the temple is softly illuminated by daylight filtering through perforated screens on the eastern walls.
1.3In a smooth and gradual manner: softly undulating hills her softly rounded belly
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  • The shimmering, sparkling Gulf waters have you, softly rolling up and down, up and down, up and down.
  • For a playful hairstyle, add any type of texture you like, from softly waved to super-coiled.
  • Its softly rippled surface is comforting against my cheek.

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Syllabification: soft·ly

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