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Definitions for rarely
ˈrɛər lirare·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rarely.

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. Justice Scalia:

    It was not at all unusual for justices not to ask questions, thurgood Marshall rarely asked a question. Bill Brennan rarely asked questions.

  2. Jeanine Pirro:

    So you saw me do something I very rarely do, i very rarely lose my cool, and I’m not proud of it and I don’t like it. But I also don’t like being accused of being hysterical, because that’s one of the things I try not to be on this show.

  3. P. J. O'Rourke:

    Very little is known of the Canadian country since it is rarely visited by anyone but the Queen and illiterate sport fishermen.

  4. La Rochefoucauld:

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

  5. Douglas Adams:

    Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. fervidness
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