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adjective soft pronunciation in American English /sɔft/ 
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  1. 1
    a soft substance is easy to press or shape and is not hard or firm

    George tripped, falling into the soft mud.

    soft cheese

    1. a.
      a soft material or surface is one that is pleasant to touch and not rough or stiff

      I want to get a nice soft carpet for the bedroom.

      Her skin felt soft to his touch.

      There was nothing soft to cushion the fall.

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  2. 2
    [usually before noun] a soft sound is quiet and pleasant to listen to

    A tape played some soft Neapolitan music.

    The engine noise was no more than a soft hum.

    1. a.
      a soft light or color is pale, gentle and pleasant to look at

      Her bedroom was decorated in soft shades of pink and blue.

  3. 3
    soft wind, rain,etc. is not strong or unpleasant

    The soft breeze brought the scent of the roses into the room.

    The houses looked pretty in the soft rain.

  4. 4
    kind and sympathetic to other people

    He must have a soft heart beneath that stern exterior.

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    1. a.
      not strict enough with other people and allowing them to do things that they should not do

      You're too soft – I wouldn't let them behave like that.

      soft on:

      They accused the governor of being soft on crime.

    2. b.
      soft words, looks, or actions are gentle and not severe or angry

      Her soft words did not get a soft reply.

      She stared up at him, a soft smile on her face.

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  5. 5
    informal not complicated, or not needing a lot of effort

    After losing a couple of soft games, any win was essential.

    a soft option (=an easy or pleasant choice):

    Jamie always goes for the soft option.


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 soft pronunciation in American English  adverb

a softly lit room

He was singing softly to himself.


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