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GENTLY

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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]

Meaning:

In a gradual manner

Context example:

a gently sloping terrain

Pertainym:

gentle (marked by moderate steepness)


Sense 2gently [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a gentle manner

Synonyms:

gently; mildly

Context example:

he talked gently to the injured animal

Pertainym:

gentle (quiet and soothing)


Sense 3gently [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With little weight or force

Synonyms:

gently; lightly; softly

Context example:

she kissed him lightly on the forehead

Pertainym:

gentle (having little impact)


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