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Definition of gentle adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1calm and kind; doing things in a quiet and careful way a quiet and gentle man a gentle voice/laugh/touch She was the gentlest of nurses. He lived in a gentler age than ours. Be gentle with her! She agreed to come, after a little gentle persuasion. He looks scary but he's really a gentle giant.
  2. 2(of weather, temperature, etc.) not strong or extreme a gentle breeze the gentle swell of the ocean Cook over a gentle heat.
  3. 3having only a small effect; not strong or violent We went for a gentle stroll. a little gentle exercise This soap is very gentle on the hands.
  4. 4not steep or sharp a gentle slope/curve/angle see also gently
noun [uncountable]
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