soft

adjective
\ ˈsȯft \

Definition of soft 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : pleasing or agreeable to the senses : bringing ease, comfort, or quiet the soft influences of home
b : having a bland or mellow rather than a sharp or acid taste
c(1) : not bright or glaring : subdued
(2) : having or producing little contrast or a relatively short range of tones a soft photographic print
d : quiet in pitch or volume
e of the eyes : having a liquid or gentle appearance
f : smooth or delicate in texture, grain, or fiber soft cashmere soft fur
g(1) : balmy, mild, or clement in weather or temperature
(2) : moving or falling with slight force or impact : not violent soft breezes
2 : demanding little work or effort : easy a soft job
3a : sounding as in ace and gem respectively used of c and g or their sound
b of a consonant : voiced
c : constituting a vowel before which there is a \y\ sound or a \y\-like modification of a consonant or constituting a consonant in whose articulation there is a \y\-like modification or which is followed by a \y\ sound (as in Russian)
4 archaic : moving in a leisurely manner
5 : rising gradually a soft slope
6 : having curved or rounded outline : not harsh or jagged soft hills against the horizon
7 : marked by a gentleness, kindness, or tenderness: such as
a(1) : not harsh or onerous in character a policy of soft competition
(2) : based on negotiation, conciliation, or flexibility rather than on force, threats, or intransigence took a soft line during the crisis
(3) : tending to take a soft line usually used with on soft on dictatorssoft on law and order
b : tending to ingratiate or disarm : engaging, kind a soft answer turns away wrath — Proverbs 15:1 (Revised Standard Version)
c : marked by mildness : unassuming, low-key
8a : emotionally suggestible or responsive : impressionable
b : unduly susceptible to influence : compliant
c : lacking firmness or strength of character : feeble, unmanly
d : amorously attracted or emotionally involved used with on has been soft on her for years
9a : lacking robust strength, stamina, or endurance especially because of living in ease or luxury grown soft and indolent
b : weak or deficient mentally soft in the head
10a : yielding to physical pressure
b : permitting someone or something to sink in used of wet ground
c(1) : of a consistency that may be shaped or molded
(2) : capable of being spread
d : easily magnetized and demagnetized
e : lacking relatively or comparatively in hardness soft iron
11 : deficient in or free from substances (such as calcium and magnesium salts) that prevent lathering of soap soft water
12 : having relatively low energy soft X-rays
13 of news : relatively less serious or significant
14 : occurring at such a speed and under such circumstances as to avoid destructive impact soft landing of a spacecraft on the moon
15 : not protected against enemy attack a soft aboveground launching site soft targets
16 : biodegradable a soft detergent soft pesticides
17 of a drug : considered less detrimental than a hard narcotic
18 : easily polarized used of acids and bases
19a of currency : not readily convertible
b of a loan : not secured by collateral
20a : being low due to sluggish market conditions soft prices
b : sluggish, slow a soft market
21 : not firmly committed soft unreliable political support
22 : soft-core soft porn
23a : being or based on interpretive or speculative data soft evidence
b : utilizing or based on soft data soft science
24 : being or using renewable sources of energy (such as solar radiation, wind, or tides) soft technologies
25 of money : contributed (as by a corporation) to a political party rather than directly to a particular candidate

soft

adverb

Definition of soft (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a soft or gentle manner : softly

soft

noun

Definition of soft (Entry 3 of 3)

: a soft object, material, or part the soft of the thumb

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Other Words from soft

Adjective

softish \ ˈsȯf-​tish \ adjective
softly \ ˈsȯf(t)-​lē \ adverb
softness \ ˈsȯf(t)-​nəs \ noun

Examples of soft in a Sentence

Adjective

The ground was soft after the heavy rain. Iron and lead are soft metals. The rabbit's fur is soft. The room was painted in soft pink. the soft glow of the moon
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This nutrient makes your poop softer and easier to expel. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Gastrointestinal Issues That Can Affect You During Pregnancy," 14 Dec. 2018 Wrap 2 Rice Krispies Treats in damp paper towels; microwave until soft and pliable, 20 to 30 seconds. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Puffed Rice Hay Bales," 19 Nov. 2018 Stir in the vinegar and sugar, reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the onions are soft and the syrup is sticky, 10 minutes. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Vegetarian (or vegan) guests for Thanksgiving? Serve them this beauty," 13 Nov. 2018 There's a big difference between soft and hard wax. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "8 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Bikini Wax," 2 Aug. 2018 On the one hand there is a desire for CEOs to display a softer side, and for society at large to acknowledge the behind-the-scenes role of spouses in the success of business leaders. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "The Role of a Corporate Spouse," 1 Dec. 2018 Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Savory Pumpkin Soup with Spice Shake," 30 Oct. 2018 Pastels The softer side of the color spectrum was given room to go bold, extending from lips to eyes in a show of coordination that rivaled the collections themselves. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 6 Beauty Trends That Stole Our Hearts at New York Fashion Week," 13 Sep. 2018 One thing everyone could agree on: The bra was extremely soft. Jamie Ueda, Good Housekeeping, "Does ThirdLove’s Fit Finder Really Work? Our Textile Pros Put It to the Test," 22 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Houston Street storefront, which soft-opened this week with 14-person classes on the ground level (the basement will follow next month), comes with its own creative history. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These 5 Pilates Studios Have Fierce—and Incredibly Fit—Followings for a Reason," 21 Sep. 2018 The world’s largest car market (about 25 million unit sales in 2017), China has soft-targeted 2040 for a total ban on IC transportation; but the point at which diesel becomes uneconomic for auto makers will come long before. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Are We in the Last Days of Diesel?," 16 Aug. 2018 Last year, the developer behind mobile hits like Clash of Clans and Clash Royale soft-launched a new game called Brawl Stars. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell’s new game mixes Fortnite and Clash Royale, and it’s out soon," 14 Nov. 2018 As Gordon, Allen thunders on stage and creates very nice chemistry with Denise, who is excellent as Gordon’s soft-hearted ex-wife Sarah, and with the other actors. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Laurel Mill Playhouse presents 'Laughing Stock'," 6 July 2018 Becky Friedman, who owns the cafe along with Jason Schiavone and a silent partner, considers this weekend’s launch a soft open. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "The Hoof Cafe coffee shop opens this weekend in Locust Point," 13 June 2018 Her elegant arms can appear velvety soft before stretching into sharp lines. New York Times, "The Poetic Justice of Stella Abrera’s Juliet," 8 June 2018 The addition of crisp snap peas and asparagus, along with prosciutto and soft boiled egg, all in harmony with a nuanced champagne vinaigrette, completed this straightforward charmer. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Diners can get a square deal at Square Meal, a Hotel Revival restaurant," 24 May 2018 As long as negotiations with North Korea are ongoing, the U.S. may soft-pedal its trade differences with China. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "How to Navigate the Tumult on Trade," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The lander will attempt a soft, controlled landing near the Moon's southern pole and then let the rover out to roam. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "India Is Sending a Rover to the Moon in 2018," 25 Oct. 2017 Elizabeth Arden White Tea: Soft and pure, this fragrance leaves a subtle sea breeze surrounding the wearer. Vanity Fair, Vanities, "A Few of Our Favorite Fragrances of the Season," 21 Apr. 2017 Installation Soft foam is sprayed into stud cavities. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Buying Guide: Insulation," 19 Nov. 2007

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First Known Use of soft

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soft

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English sōfte, alteration of sēfte; akin to Old High German semfti soft

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The first known use of soft was before the 12th century

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soft

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of soft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: easy to press, bend, cut, etc. : not hard or firm

: smooth and pleasant to touch

: having a very light color : not strong or bright in color or tone

soft

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of soft (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a soft or gentle way

: in a way that is not strong or forceful

soft

adjective
\ ˈsȯft \
softer; softest

Kids Definition of soft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not hard, solid, or firm a soft mattress
2 : smooth or pleasant to touch a soft silk
3 : having a soothing or comfortable effect : not bright or glaring soft lights soft colors
4 : quiet in pitch or volume soft voices
5 : not strong or forceful : gentle soft breezes a soft touch
6 : involving little work or effort : easy a soft job
7 : sounding like the letter c in ace or the letter g in gem
8 : easily affected by emotions : sympathetic and kind a soft heart
9 : lacking in strength or fitness He had grown soft from good living.
10 : free from substances that prevent lathering of soap soft water
11 : not containing alcohol soft drinks

Other Words from soft

softness noun

soft

adverb
softer; softest

Kids Definition of soft (Entry 2 of 2)

: softly You hit the ball too soft.

soft

adjective
\ ˈsȯft \

Medical Definition of soft 

1 : yielding to physical pressure
2 : deficient in or free from substances (as calcium and magnesium salts) that prevent lathering of soap soft water
3 : having relatively low energy soft X-rays
4 : biodegradable soft pesticides
5 of a drug : considered less detrimental than a hard narcotic marijuana is usually regarded as a soft drug
6 : easily polarized used of acids and bases
7a : being or based on interpretive or speculative data soft evidence
b : utilizing or based on soft data soft science

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