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RATHER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rather mean? 

RATHER (adverb)
  The adverb RATHER has 4 senses:

1. on the contrary
2. to some (great or small) extent
3. more readily or willingly
4. to a degree (not used with a negative)

  Familiarity information: RATHER used as an adverb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RATHER (adverb)


Sense 1rather [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

On the contrary

Synonyms:

rather; instead

Context examples:

rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left / he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter / used English terms instead of Latin ones


Sense 2rather [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To some (great or small) extent

Synonyms:

kind of; kinda; sort of; rather

Context examples:

it was rather cold / the party was rather nice / the knife is rather dull / I rather regret that I cannot attend / He's rather good at playing the cello / he is kind of shy


Sense 3rather [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

More readily or willingly

Synonyms:

preferably; sooner; rather

Context examples:

clean it well, preferably with warm water / I'd rather be in Philadelphia / I'd sooner die than give up


Sense 4rather [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To a degree (not used with a negative)

Synonyms:

quite; rather

Context examples:

quite tasty / quite soon / quite ill / quite rich


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