Definition of gently in English:

gently

adverb

  • 1With a mild, kind, or tender manner.

    ‘she gently broke the news to her mum’
    as submodifier ‘a gently humorous account’
    • ‘The young lieutenant's wife gently lets it be known that honoring her husband's service does not necessarily make one a hawk.’
    • ‘He gently chides his flock in the West Wing that "the best place to go get operational information about the war is not from the White House."’
    • ‘They tune in to the soft voice of an instructor, gently urging them to forge a union between mind and body.’
    • ‘"No," she said, as gently as she could.’
    • ‘When people mistake the author for a man, she gently corrects them, with a joke if possible.’
    • ‘She gently tried to break down the barriers by teaching him to speak English.’
    • ‘I am trying to say it as gently as I can, but it is high time that our church began to look much more closely at how deans and bishops are chosen.’
    • ‘We make our suggestions as gently as we can, and we trust once again that as in the past, you will respond as generously as you can.’
    • ‘No potentate ever nurtured their children more gently than a pachyderm fondles its young.’
    • ‘Without others who are willing to gently talk and encourage, the grieving person may feel alienated or as if no one understands or even wants to understand.’
  • 2With lightness of action or effect; softly.

    ‘gently pat your skin dry’
    ‘palm trees swayed gently in the breeze’
    • ‘Gently press down to form a five-inch disc.’
    • ‘Using a rubber spatula, gently stir until smooth and well combined.’
    • ‘Once seared, the shells remain in the pan to simmer gently with stock, aromatics, brandy, and rice.’
    • ‘Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the bisque until smooth.’
    • ‘Unwrap the salmon and gently wipe off the salt and herb coating.’
    • ‘The tongue can be gently brushed and cleaned with a soft toothbrush.’
    • ‘He gripped the thorn again, twisting it gently so that it followed its own path out.’
    • ‘He fed the flame, blowing gently into the carved bowl.’
    • ‘Pulling a leaf out, he gently brushes the veined side with his fingers.’
    • ‘She moves to his side of the bed and shakes him gently by his shoulder.’
    1. 2.1With only gradual inclines.
      ‘a gently undulating landscape’
      ‘the lawn slopes gently to the river’
      • ‘The site is on a gently sloping hill above Interstate 60.’
      • ‘The library is a heroic double-height space, top-lit by angular openings punched into the gently curved roof.’
      • ‘The floors' areas are somewhat smaller near the top, giving the structure a gently tapering appearance on the skyline.’
      • ‘The roof is an off-white translucent membrane spanning gently curving rafters.’
      • ‘A canopy of metal floats like a huge handkerchief above a voluminous carapace whose thin edges bend gently over the rolling lawns.’
      • ‘Gazing out over his corn crop, a farmer is watching an irrigation system deliver bursts of water across the gently rolling field.’
      • ‘Entry to the basement-level parking garage is via a gently sloping ramp on the north side.’
      • ‘Rocky outcrops of basalt lava dot the landscape, which climbs gently from 1,200 feet to peaks nearly 5,000 feet high.’
      • ‘Clad in horizontal slats of red pine, the walls bow gently outward, like cupped hands or a ship's hull.’
      • ‘A bridge spans the moat from the gently sloping walk to the house entrance.’

Phrases

    gently born
    archaic
    • (of a person) having the qualities attributed to noble birth; courteous and chivalrous.

      ‘my family may be silly, but we are still gently born and bred’
      • ‘Politics and generalship were becoming professions and skills, no longer merely one of the varied activities of the gently born.’
      • ‘He went on to tell us how gently born ladies took to eating porridge off earthenware, and how they dug in their gardens, and how the sap of life sang in their veins.’
      • ‘The character described is gently born and enjoys all the grandeurs expected of someone in her social class.’
      • ‘I shall marry a man so basely, yet gently born, that my lord regents may not object.’
      • ‘The early 19th century is a particularly potent facet of period courtship, when the war led to a shortage of eligible young gentlemen for gently born ladies.’

Pronunciation

gently

/ˈdʒɛntli/