soft Definition

  • 1easy to mold, cut, compress, or fold; not hard or firm to the touch
  • 2having a pleasingly gentle or mellow character or manner
  • 3not harsh or critical in tone or nature

Using soft: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "soft" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The bread was soft and fluffy.

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    She had a soft voice that was soothing to listen to.

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    He gave her a soft smile and she felt her heart flutter.

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    She took a soft approach when giving feedback to her team.

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    The kitten's fur was soft to the touch.

soft Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with soft

  • a strong liking or affection for someone or something


    He has a soft spot for his little sister and always buys her gifts.

  • soft on someone/something

    showing tolerance or leniency towards someone or something


    The teacher is soft on her students and rarely gives them homework.

  • to become less firm or intense


    His resolve went soft when he saw her crying.

Origins of soft

from Old English 'sōfte'


Summary: soft in Brief

The term 'soft' [sɒft] describes something that is easy to mold, cut, compress, or fold, and can also refer to a gentle or mellow character or manner. It can be used to describe a person's tone or nature, as well as physical objects like bread or fur. Phrases like 'soft spot' and 'soft on someone/something' denote a liking or tolerance, while 'go soft' implies a loss of intensity.

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