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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]


On the contrary


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]


To some (great or small) extent


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]


More readily or willingly


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]


To a degree (not used with a negative)


quite; rather

Context examples:

quite tasty / quite soon / quite ill / quite rich

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