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  ( gentler    comparative)   ( gentlest    superlative  )
1       adj   Someone who is gentle is kind, mild, and calm.  
My son was a quiet and gentle man who liked sports and enjoyed life..., Michael's voice was gentle and consoling.     
  gently      adv   ADV with v  
She smiled gently at him..., `I'm sorry to disturb you,' Webb said gently.     
  gentleness      n-uncount  
...the gentleness with which she treated her pregnant mother.     
2       adj   Gentle actions or movements are performed in a calm and controlled manner, with little force.  
...a gentle game of tennis..., His movements were gentle and deliberate.     
  gently      adv  
Patrick took her gently by the arm and led her to a chair.     
3       adj   If you describe the weather, especially the wind, as gentle, you mean it is pleasant and calm and not harsh or violent.  
The blustery winds of spring had dropped to a gentle breeze.     
  gently      adv   ADV with v  
Light airs blew gently out of the south-east.     
4       adj   A gentle slope or curve is not steep or severe.  
...gentle, rolling meadows...     
  gently      adv   ADV after v, ADV adj  
With its gently rolling hills it looks like Tuscany...     
5       adj   A gentle heat is a fairly low heat.  
Cook for 30 minutes over a gentle heat.     
  gently      adv   ADV with v  
Add the onion and cook gently for about 5 minutes.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    amiable, benign, bland, compassionate, dove-like, humane, kind, kindly, lenient, meek, merciful, mild, pacific, peaceful, placid, quiet, soft, sweet-tempered, tender  
2    balmy, calm, clement, easy, light, low, mild, moderate, muted, placid, quiet, serene, slight, smooth, soft, soothing, temperate, tranquil, untroubled  
3    easy, gradual, imperceptible, light, mild, moderate, slight, slow  
4    biddable, broken, docile, manageable, placid, tame, tractable  
5      (archaic)   aristocratic, civil, courteous, cultured, elegant, genteel, gentlemanlike, gentlemanly, high-born, ladylike, noble, polished, polite, refined, upper-class, well-born, well-bred  
   aggressive, cruel, fierce, hard, harsh, heartless, impolite, powerful, rough, savage, sharp, strong, sudden, unkind, unmanageable, violent, wild  

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