What does Rarely mean?

Definitions for Rarely
ˈrɛər lirare·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rarely, seldomadverb

    not often

    "we rarely met"


  1. rarelyadverb

    Not occurring at a regular interval; seldom; not often.

  2. rarelyadverb

    Unusually well; excellently.

  3. rarelyadverb

    To a rare degree; very.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rarelyadverb

    Etymology: from rare.

    Rarely they rise by virtue’s aid, who lie
    Plung’d in the depth of helpless poverty. John Dryden, Juven.

    Vanessa in her bloom,
    Advanc’d like Atalanta’s star,
    But rarely seen, and seen from far. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

    How rarely does it meet with this time’s guise,
    When man was will’d to love his enemies. William Shakespeare.


  1. rarely

    Rarely refers to an event or action that does not occur often, infrequently, seldom, or not regularly. It is an adverb used to express the infrequency of a particular circumstance or event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rarelyadverb

    in a rare manner or degree; seldom; not often; as, things rarely seen

  2. Rarelyadverb

    finely; excellently; with rare skill. See 3d Rare, 2

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rarely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2399

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rarely' in Adverbs Frequency: #196

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rarely in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rarely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Rarely in a Sentence

  1. Read MoreTown resident:

    The Kashmiri goats live on the hill overlooking the town. They stay up there, very rarely venturing into the street.

  2. Francois de La Rochefoucauld:

    We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.

  3. Lane Kiffin:

    That’s why they rarely happen, maybe we can get one of those passes where the quarterback gets hit and they drop it and it tips up to us and we go score. Call Hugh and ask him what that play is called.

  4. Judith Lund:

    Judith Lund said in an interview. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP While at least 214 whaling voyages ventured into The Gulf, Judith Lund said, ships from the Northeast rarely made extended port calls in Southern cities like New Orleans or Mobile, Alabama, because of the threat to crew members who weren't white. That may may have been a reason the whaling ship that rescued Industry's crew took the men back to Massachusetts, where slavery was outlawed in the 1780s, rather than landing in the South. ‘’ The people who whaled in the Gulf of Mexico knew it was risky to go into those ports down there because they had mixed crews.

  5. Ryan Pack:

    It's very challenging to know the value of love when you see it so rarely.

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