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adjective gentle pronunciation in British English /ˈdʒent(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    a gentle person is kind and calm

    Joe is such a gentle, loving boy.

    1. a.
      used about people’s behaviour

      Mother’s manner was always gentle.

      a gentle smile

  2. 2
    gentle movement does not use or need a lot of force or effort

    a gentle riverside stroll

    She gave a gentle pull on the dog’s leash.

  3. 5
    gentle heat is low, so that something cooks slowly

    Cook for several hours over a gentle heat.

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noun [uncountable]


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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