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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gently mean? 

GENTLY (adverb)
  The adverb GENTLY has 3 senses:

1. in a gradual manner
2. in a gentle manner
3. with little weight or force

  Familiarity information: GENTLY used as an adverb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

GENTLY (adverb)

Sense 1gently [BACK TO TOP]


In a gradual manner

Context example:

a gently sloping terrain


gentle (marked by moderate steepness)

Sense 2gently [BACK TO TOP]


In a gentle manner


gently; mildly

Context example:

he talked gently to the injured animal


gentle (quiet and soothing)

Sense 3gently [BACK TO TOP]


With little weight or force


gently; lightly; softly

Context example:

she kissed him lightly on the forehead


gentle (having little impact)

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