gently - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    carefully, without a lot of force or sudden change in movement

    She tapped him gently on the shoulder.

    Gently peel the paper off.

  2. 2
    in a kind way, being careful not to frighten or upset someone

    As gently as possible, he told her the bad news.

    Tell your child gently but firmly, ‘No’.