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adjective soft pronunciation in British English /sɒft/
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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 colour 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.
    1. a.
      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.
    2. b.
      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 minister of being soft on crime.
  5. 5
    informal not complicated, or not needing a lot of effort
    After losing a couple of soft games, any win was essential.

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 soft pronunciation in British English adverb
a softly lit room
He was singing softly to himself.


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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