Definitions for Rather
ˈræð ər, ˈrɑ ðərRather
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Rather.
on the contrary
"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"
rather, kind of, kinda, sort ofadverb
to some (great or small) extent
"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"
preferably, sooner, ratheradverb
more readily or willingly
"clean it well, preferably with warm water"; "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"; "I'd sooner die than give up"
to a degree (not used with a negative)
"quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"
To prefer; to prefer to.
More quickly; sooner, earlier.
Used to specify a choice or preference; preferably.
Used to introduce a contradiction; on the contrary.
Introducing a qualification or clarification; more precisely. (Now usually preceded by or.)
Etymology: From rather, rether, from hraþor, comparative of hraþe, equivalent to. More at rathe.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Now out of use.
Etymology: this is a comparative from rath; rað , Saxon, soon.
Almighty God desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live. Common Prayer.
’Tis rather to be thought, that an heir had no such right by divine institution, than that God should give such a right, but yet leave it undeterminate who such heir is. John Locke.
He sought through the world, but sought in vain,
And no where finding, rather fear’d her slain. Dryden.
This is an art,
Which does mend nature, change it rather, but
The art itself is nature. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.
You are come to me in a happy time,
The rather for I have some sport in hand. William Shakespeare.
’Tis with reluctancy he is provoked by our impenitence to apply the discipline of severity and correction; he had rather mankind should adore him as their patron and benefactor. John Rogers, Sermons.
prior; earlier; former
earlier; sooner; before
more readily or willingly; preferably
on the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead
of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat
more properly; more correctly speaking
in some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp
Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
räth′ėr, adv. more willingly: in preference: especially: more so than otherwise: on the contrary: somewhat, in some degree: more properly: (coll.) considerably, very much.—adj. Rath′erish, to a slight degree, somewhat.—Rather better than, somewhat in excess of.—The rather, by so much the more. [A.S. hrathor, comp. of hrathe, early.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'Rather' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #444
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Rank popularity for the word 'Rather' in Written Corpus Frequency: #442
Rank popularity for the word 'Rather' in Adverbs Frequency: #61
The numerical value of Rather in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of Rather in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
It was only in 2016 after poring over all of that detailed imagery that I eventually realized that the homesteads are not a scatter of villages but parts of one entity; a city, rather than a dispersion of homesteads.
I settle on solitary life rather than social events.
We've launched yachts in the last few years that have multiple pools, helipads, a squash court. There are few things now a yacht can't have, whereas a jacuzzi was a luxury in the early 2000s, now if you've got just one, it's rather frowned upon. You need to have a few and you need to have an infinity plunge pool that doubles as a helipad.
He waged a tougher war against Muslims. It is your paradise, rather, slaughter.
What matters to the EPA is compliance where the spirit of laws is respected rather than just the text of the law. I absolutely want to hear from VW what their efforts to this end look like and how they make sure that such a thing (like the emissions scandal) will never happen again.
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Translations for Rather
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- повече, скоро, достаBulgarian
- preferiblement, força, bastantCatalan, Valencian
- spíše, spíš, radějiCzech
- eithaf, mwy, yn hytrachWelsh
- eher, lieber, ziemlichGerman
- pli ĝusteEsperanto
- más bien, algo, bastante, preferiblementeSpanish
- pikemminkin, tarkemmin sanottuna, mieluummin, vaan, aika, melkoFinnish
- nokkso, rættiligaFaroese
- preferibilmente, meglio, piuttosto, abbastanzaItalian
- 寧ろ, 一層, むしろ, かなりJapanese
- gluži, diezganLatvian
- nogal, meer, liever, eerderDutch
- ganske, fortrinnsvis, heller, nokså, temmeligNorwegian
- bastante, preferivelmente, um tanto, de preferência, bem, meioPortuguese
- лучше, скорее, довольноRussian
- rätt, helst, ganska, hellreSwedish
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