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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɔftli/
- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈsɑftli/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɒftli/
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- In a soft manner; gently.
- The masseuse was rubbing my back too softly for my liking, so I asked her to go harder.
- 1861, Anthony Trollope, Framley Parsonage:
- He had married a lady well educated and softly nurtured, but not dowered with worldly wealth. […] They would give up ideas of gentle living, of soft raiment, and delicate feeding.
- Not loudly; nearly inaudibly.
- whisper softly in someone's ear
- play music softly