An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (tenderly)
a. dulcemente
My son held my face and gently said, "I love you mommy."Mi hijo sostuvo mi cara y me dijo dulcemente: "Te quiero mami".
b. con dulzura
He smiled gently when he saw the baby sleeping.Sonrió con dulzura cuando vio el bebé dormido.
c. con delicadeza
Patricia gently reminded her sister to comb her hair.Patricia le recordó a su hermana con delicadeza que se peinara.
2. (not roughly or violently)
a. con cuidado
Clean the surface gently so as not to scratch it.Limpia la superficie con cuidado para no rayarla.
b. cuidadosamente
Hold the baby gently so you don't wake him.Sostén el bebé cuidadosamente para no despertarlo.
3. (lightly)
a. suavemente
After sanding, gently blow the dust away.Después de lijar, sopla el polvo suavemente.
b. ligeramente
Ralph gently tapped the ketchup bottle to make it come out.Ralph golpeó ligeramente la botella de catsup para hacer que saliera.
4. (slowly)
a. poco a poco
The driver gently increased speed so as not to throw the bus passengers around.El chofer aumentó poco a poco la velocidad para no lanzar a los pasajeros por todo el camión.
b. a fuego lento
The chef gently roasted the brisket for hours.El chef asó a fuego lento la falda de res durante horas.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (to treat)
a. con ternura, afectuosamente
2. (to move, touch)
a. con suavidad
3. (slowly)
a. despacio, poco a poco
gently [ˈdʒentlɪ]
1 (softly, kindly) [+say] dulcemente; suavemente; [+smile] dulcemente; con dulzura; [+hint, remind] con delicadeza
2 (carefully) [+handle] con cuidado
gently clean the wound with salt water limpiar la herida con cuidado usando agua salada; a lotion that gently cleanses your skin una loción que limpia la piel sin irritar; gently does it! ¡con cuidado!; ¡despacito! (informal)
3 (lightly) [+blow, touch, push, tap] ligeramente; suavemente
I shook her gently and she opened her eyes la sacudí ligeramente or suavemente y abrió los ojos
4 (slowly) [+pick up speed] poco a poco; [+simmer, cook] a fuego lento
simmer gently until the sugar dissolves hervir a fuego lento hasta que el azúcar se disuelva
the car gently picked up speed
5 (not steeply) [+slope] suavemente
gently sloping hills
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