Definition of gently adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒentli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒentli//
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  1. 1  in a gentle way She held the baby gently. ‘You miss them, don't you?’ he asked gently. Simmer the soup gently for 30 minutes. Massage the area gently but firmly. leaves moving gently in the breeze The path ran gently down to the sea.
  2. 2Gently! (British English, informal) used to tell somebody to be careful Gently! You'll hurt the poor thing! Don't go too fast—gently does it!
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