softsoft /sɒft $ sɒːft/ ●●●S2W2 adjective (comparative softer, superlative softest)1not harda)SOFTnot hard, firm, or stiff, but easy to press opp hardMy feet sank into the soft ground.the softest sofa and pillowsCook the onions until they go soft.b)SOFTless hard than average opp harda soft lead pencilsoft cheese2not roughSOFT having a surface that is smooth and pleasant to touch opp rougha baby’s soft skinThe fur was soft to the touch.3not loudCQUIET a soft sound or voice, or soft music, is quiet and pleasant to listen to opp loud, harshsoft musicHis voice was softer now.► see thesaurus at quiet4colour/light [only before noun]CCBRIGHT soft colours or lights are pleasant and relaxing because they are not too bright opp brightAll the stores will be re-fitted with softer lighting.a soft shade of peach► see thesaurus at colour5no hard edges not having any hard edges or sharp anglessoft curves
6rain/windVIOLENTgentle and without much forcea soft breezesoft rain7not strictSTRICT someone who is soft seems weak because they are not strict enough with other people opp strict, toughIf you appear to be soft, people take advantage of you.soft onNo politician wants to seem soft on crime.Courts have been taking a soft line (=not being strict enough) with young offenders.8sensitive kind, gentle, and sympathetic to other people opp hardHe has a soft heart beneath that cold exterior.a soft kiss9weak character not very brave and not having a strong character opp hardDon’t be soft – just jump!10sales/marketsdecreasing in price, value, or the amount soldsoft oil prices
11 →soft loan/credit12 →soft money13too easy informalEASY a soft job, life etc is too easy and does not involve much work or hard physical workMike’s found himself a soft job in the stores.soft option British English (=a choice that allows you to avoid difficulties or hard work)Taking the soft option won’t help your career to develop.14weak body informalWEAK having a body that is not in a strong physical condition, because you do not do enough exerciseHe’d got soft after all those years in a desk job.15waterHCWATER soft water does not contain many minerals, so that it forms bubbles from soap easily16 →have a soft spot for somebody17 →a soft touch18 →soft in the head19stupid British EnglishSTUPID/NOT INTELLIGENTstupid or sillyYou must be soft if you think I’ll give you fifty quid!20 →be soft on somebody21consonants technical not sounding harda soft g —softly adverbShe stroked his head softly.Music played softly in the background. —softness noun [uncountable]THESAURUSsoft not hard, firm, or stiff, but easy to pressa soft mattressHer skin was lovely and soft.soft groundtender used about meat or vegetables that are soft and easy to cut, especially because they have been well cookedThe beef was very tender.Cook the carrots until tender.soggy very wet and too soft, in a way that seems unpleasant – used about bread, vegetables, and the groundsoggy cabbagea piece of soggy breadThe ground was too soggy to walk on.squishy soft and easy to press – used especially about fruit that is too soft, and about soft wet ground which makes a noise when you walk on itsquishy tomatoesThe leaves were squishy under our feet. squashy British English soft and easy to press – used especially about fruit that is too soft, and about chairs that are soft and comfortableThe peaches have gone all squashy.a big squashy sofamushy used about fruit or vegetables that are very soft, wet, and unpleasant, because they are not fresh or have been cooked for too longmushy pieces of bananaa few mushy carrotsspongy soft and full of holes that contain air or liquid like a spongea spongy foama spongy loafHis boots sank into the spongy soil.springy used about something that is soft and comes back to its normal shape after being pressed or walked onspringy turf (=grass)Her hair felt lovely and springy.pliable /ˈplaɪəbəl/ used about a material or substance that can be bent or pressed without breaking or crackingThe clay was still pliable and not too dry.yielding literary used about a surface which is soft and will bend when you press ityielding fleshCOLLOCATIONS CHECKtender meat/vegetablessoggy ground/bread/vegetables/papersquishy fruit/groundsquashy fruit/chairmushy fruit/vegetablesspongy ground/texture/foam/loafspringy hair/turf/carpetpliable material/clay
Examples from the Corpus
soft• Compared with today's ideal, 19th-century ladies appear much softer.• He doesn't have the right personality to be an army officer, he's too soft.• Just because a guy is bright and plays the guitar doesn't mean he's soft.• Heat the oil in a fryingpan and cook the onion until soft and beginning to brown at the edges.• Her hair was soft and silky.• A good moisturizer will leave your skin softer and smoother.• In the gap between the brassière and the pinched waistband of her skirt, her fleshbulged in a palesoftband.• a softcheese• a selection of hard and soft cheeses• Apply the polish with a softcloth.• Polish the chrome with a soft cloth.• The Lions play a perplexingly softdefense, where they willingly allow teams to throw short, underneath passes.• In the soft evening light Sonya looked ten years younger.• I leave the softergrades until the whole drawing is practically finished, to preventunintentionalsmudging.• The walls were of plaster, painted soft green and decorated with silver and goldlozenges.• He spoke with a softIrishaccent.• Soft land prices have helped boost new home sales.• an expensivepair of softleathergloves• Soft lighting creates a romanticatmosphere.• The guy on the right is younger, with a softer, more expressive face.• She fell over several times, but came to no harm in the soft new snow.• Reject any that are even slightly soft or in any way discoloured.• I need a softerpillow.• a soft pillow• He spoke in a whisper so soft that I could hardly hear it.• a whisper so soft that I could scarcely hear it• Analystsexpressedfears of a softerU.S. market for large cars.go soft• Does this mean that Allen Ginsberg is going soft?• One spark of decency and Jack was going soft.• Her face goes soft and dreamy like the old days.• We aren't going to consume, and spend, and go soft and lie awake worrying about our pensions.• The days went soft as a sumptuousfog during this last season of isolatedcontentment we would enjoy.• Fearing that the commission has gone soft, some of Microsoft's competitors are threatening the firm with legal action.• It's becoming increasingly clear that Class War's gone soft, what with the film and the book.soft on crime• But criticism of the Stacknomination is not the same as accusing Clinton of being soft on crime.• Michael Dukakis as soft on crime.• On Saturday, Dolepiled on, using Napolitano to blast Clinton judicial appointees as soft on crime.• Dole aides believe they can paint the president as soft on crime by hammering his judicial nominees.soft heart• He probably thought I had a soft heart.soft option• Just one proviso and it is one that everyone in our industry knows ... this business is no soft option.• Organisers deny it's a soft option.• So often in my life, where I've made a mistake, it has been by taking the soft option.• It argued that these were not soft options but properly applied would be toughpenalties which aided the battle to reduce crime.• Probation should in no sense be seen as a soft option by the judiciary.• All my life I had chosen the soft options: good times, good company, good fun.• The soft option of imprisonment is not the answer!• And if anyone thinks this is a soft option - try a cliff-top route with a stormblowing.From Longman Business Dictionarysoftsoft /sɒftsɒːft/ adjective1COMMERCE soft goods are used up soon after they are bought, for example food productsOhio’s manufacturing base covers a wide range of soft and hard goods.a soft-commodity trader2FINANCE soft loans or soft credit is money that is lent at a lower interest rate than normal, usually because it is for a project that is to be encouraged, for example a new business in an area of high unemploymentThe fund was authorized to help the market by providing soft loans to institutional investors.The mills got $73 million in soft credit to keep their gates open.3ECONOMICS a soft market or economy has prices that are falling because supply is greater than demandHow do you sell your house in a soft market?Our results continue to be adversely affected by a very soft regional economy.4MARKETING if sales, orders, demand etc are soft, there are not as many sales, orders etc or as much demand as usualMany retailers experienced soft sales in May and June.The newspaper industry was suffering from a very soft demand for ad space.