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gentle

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adjective gen·tle \ˈjen-təl\

Definition of gentle

gentler

play \ˈjent-lər, -təl-ər\;

gentlest

play \ˈjent-ləst, -təl-əst\
  1. 1a :  belonging to a family of high social stationb archaic :  chivalrousc :  honorable, distinguished; specifically :  of or relating to a gentlemand :  kind, amiable —used especially in address as a complimentary epithet <gentle reader>e :  suited to a person of high social station <the gentle art of sophisticated conversation>

  2. 2a :  tractable, docile <a gentle horse>b :  free from harshness, sternness, or violence <used gentle persuasion>

  3. 3 :  soft, delicate <the gentle touch of her hand>

  4. 4 :  moderate <His doctor recommended gentle exercise.>

gently

play \ˈjent-lē\ adverb

Examples of gentle in a sentence

  1. a dog that is gentle with children

  2. Your mother has a gentle manner.

  3. a gentle sense of humor

  4. I heard a gentle knock at the door.

  5. It's a delicate problem that requires gentle handling.

  6. The job requires a gentle touch.

  7. The cold snap was a gentle reminder that winter was coming.

Origin and Etymology of gentle

Middle English gentil, from Anglo-French, from Latin gentilis of a gens, of one's family, from gent-, gens gens, nation; akin to Latin gignere to beget — more at kin


First Known Use: 13th century


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gentle

noun gen·tle

Definition of gentle

  1. :  a person of gentle (see 1gentle 1a) birth or status

Examples of gentle in a sentence

  1. <the archbishop treated both the gentles and the commoners with respect and kindness>

Origin and Etymology of gentle

see 1gentle


First Known Use: 14th century


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gentle

verb gen·tle

Definition of gentle

gentled

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gentling

play \ˈjent-liŋ, ˈjen-təl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to raise from the commonalty :  ennoble

  3. 2a :  to make gentlerb :  to make (an animal) tame and docilec :  mollify, placate <gentled the raging king>d :  to stroke soothingly :  pet

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become gentle <the wind gentled>

Examples of gentle in a sentence

  1. <employees soon learned that their hot-tempered boss needed to be gentled several times a day>

  2. <soothingly gentled his cat's head as she was being treated by the vet>

Origin and Etymology of gentle

see 1gentle


First Known Use: 14th century



GENTLE Defined for English Language Learners

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gentle

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adjective gen·tle \ˈjen-təl\

Definition of gentle for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing a kind and quiet nature : not harsh or violent

  • : not hard or forceful

  • : not strong or harsh in effect or quality


GENTLE Defined for Kids

gentle

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adjective gen·tle \ˈjen-təl\

Definition of gentle for Students

gentler

gentlest

  1. 1 :  having or showing a kind and quiet nature :  not harsh, stern, or violent <He was a large but gentle man.>

  2. 2 :  not hard or forceful <a gentle wind>

  3. 3 :  not strong or harsh in quality or effect <a gentle soap>

  4. 4 :  not steep or sharp <gentle hills>

gentleness

\ˈjen-təl-nəs\ noun

gently

\ˈjent-lē\ adverb


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