With low volume (synset 400070566)
"speak softly but carry a big stick"; "she spoke quietly to the child"; "the radio was playing softly"synonym: quietly
In a manner that is pleasing to the senses (synset 400506401)
"she smiled softly"
With little weight or force (synset 400181765)
"she kissed him lightly on the forehead"
Used as a direction in music;
To be played relatively softly (synset 400345456)synonym: piano
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