soft ( softer comparative) ( softest superlative )
1 adj Something that is soft is pleasant to touch, and not rough or hard., (Antonym: rough)
Regular use of a body lotion will keep the skin soft and supple..., ...warm, soft, white towels.
The sea air robbed her hair of its softness.
2 adj Something that is soft changes shape or bends easily when you press it., (Antonym: hard, firm)
She lay down on the soft, comfortable bed..., Add enough milk to form a soft dough., ...soft cheese.
3 adj Something that has a soft appearance has smooth curves rather than sharp or distinct edges.
(=gentle) (Antonym: hard)
This is a smart, yet soft and feminine look., ...the soft curves of her body.
softly adv ADV with v
She wore a softly tailored suit., ...a fresh, modern hairstyle which has long layers falling softly on the neck.
4 adj 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.
softly adv ADV with v
She crossed the softly lit room..., She bent forward and kissed him softly.
5 adj If you are softon someone, you do not treat them as strictly or severely as you should do.
usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ on n (disapproval, Antonym: hard)
The president says the measure is soft and weak on criminals...
6 adj If you say that someone has a softheart, you mean that they are sensitive and sympathetic towards other people., (approval, Antonym: hard)
Her rather tough and worldly exterior hides a very soft and sensitive heart.
7 adj You use soft to describe a way of life that is easy and involves very little work.
(=easy) (Antonym: hard)
The regime at Latchmere could be seen as a soft option...
8 adj Soft drugs are drugs, such as cannabis, which are illegal but which many people do not consider to be strong or harmful.
9 adj 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.
10 adj Soft water does not contain much of the mineral calcium and so makes bubbles easily when you use soap., (Antonym: hard)
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.
have a soft spot for sb phrase PHR after v, PHR n
Terry had a soft spot for me...
a soft touch