If you search for hold on Thesaurus, you only find synonyms that mean 'holding strongly'. How about the opposite? What are some words meaning to "hold softly"?


Sophia [...] my palm and dropped the jewel onto it.

  • This question would be much better with some context or even a concrete example. Nov 21, 2014 at 2:49
  • @Affable Geek How about how?
    – wyc
    Nov 21, 2014 at 4:50
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    Caress or even just took would work. Nov 21, 2014 at 4:52
  • agrees with AG, "took my hand" would be more natural here.
    – A E
    Nov 21, 2014 at 7:32
  • In your example sentence, it wouldn't make sense to use "hold" or any related words. You can use "opened" there. Or you can say "Sophia held my hand, opened my palm, and dropped the jewel onto it."
    – ermanen
    Nov 22, 2014 at 3:18

2 Answers 2


Words that come close to holding softly may include:

  • embrace
  • enfold
  • envelop
  • cradle
  • cushion
  • support

In my writing, I find that those are the words that imply a gentleness and softness.


You can consider cradle.

to hold gently or protectively.


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