Meaning of SOFT in English

SOFT

transcription, транскрипция: [ sɒft, AM sɔ:ft ]

( softer, softest)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

Something that is soft is pleasant to touch, and not rough or hard.

Regular use of a body lotion will keep the skin soft and supple...

...warm, soft, white towels.

≠ rough

ADJ

• soft‧ness

The sea air robbed her hair of its softness.

N-UNCOUNT

2.

Something that is soft changes shape or bends easily when you press it.

She lay down on the soft, comfortable bed...

Add enough milk to form a soft dough.

...soft cheese.

≠ hard, firm

ADJ

3.

Something that has a soft appearance has smooth curves rather than sharp or distinct edges.

This is a smart, yet soft and feminine look.

...the soft curves of her body.

= gentle

≠ hard

ADJ

• soft‧ly

She wore a softly tailored suit.

...a fresh, modern hairstyle which has long layers falling softly on the neck.

ADV : ADV with v

4.

Something that is soft is very gentle and has no force. For example, a soft sound or voice is quiet and not harsh. A soft light or colour is pleasant to look at because it is not bright.

There was a soft tapping on my door...

When he woke again he could hear soft music.

= gentle

ADJ

• soft‧ly

She crossed the softly lit room...

She bent forward and kissed him softly.

ADV : ADV with v

5.

If you are soft on someone, you do not treat them as strictly or severely as you should do.

The president says the measure is soft and weak on criminals...

≠ hard

ADJ : usu v-link ADJ , oft ADJ on n [ disapproval ]

6.

If you say that someone has a soft heart , you mean that they are sensitive and sympathetic towards other people.

Her rather tough and worldly exterior hides a very soft and sensitive heart.

≠ hard

ADJ [ approval ]

7.

You use soft to describe a way of life that is easy and involves very little work.

The regime at Latchmere could be seen as a soft option...

= easy

≠ hard

ADJ

8.

Soft drugs are drugs, such as cannabis, which are illegal but which many people do not consider to be strong or harmful.

ADJ : ADJ n

9.

A soft target is a place or person that can easily be attacked.

Women who carry cash about in the streets, as they very often have to, are a very soft target.

= easy

ADJ

10.

Soft water does not contain much of the mineral calcium and so makes bubbles easily when you use soap.

≠ hard

ADJ

11.

If you have a soft spot for someone or something, you feel a great deal of affection for them or like them a lot.

Terry had a soft spot for me...

a soft touch: see touch

PHRASE : PHR after v , PHR n

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