[ sawft-lee, soft‐ ]
/ sɔft li, sɒft‐ /
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in a low pitch or volume; quietly: We spoke softly so as not to wake the baby.Jazz was playing softly in the background.
Music. with a smoothly subdued and gentle sound: In this passage, the horns exit softly as the violins become more vibrant.
in a way that is neither harsh nor glaring to the eye: The room was softly lit with a dimmed chandelier and six flickering candles.
in a gentle, warm-hearted, or compassionate manner; tenderly; sympathetically: She softly embraced her son and reassured him of her love.



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Origin of softly

First recorded in 1200–50; soft + -ly
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