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Definitions for rather
ˈræð ər, ˈrɑ ðərrather

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rather, insteadadverb

    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"

  2. 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"

  3. 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"

  4. quite, ratheradverb

    to a degree (not used with a negative)

    "quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"

Wiktionary

  1. ratherverb

    To prefer; to prefer to.

    Etymology: From rather, rether, from hraþor, comparative of hraþe, equivalent to . More at rathe.

  2. ratheradverb

    More quickly; sooner, earlier.

    Etymology: From rather, rether, from hraþor, comparative of hraþe, equivalent to . More at rathe.

  3. ratheradverb

    Used to specify a choice or preference; preferably.

    Etymology: From rather, rether, from hraþor, comparative of hraþe, equivalent to . More at rathe.

  4. ratheradverb

    Used to introduce a contradiction; on the contrary.

    Etymology: From rather, rether, from hraþor, comparative of hraþe, equivalent to . More at rathe.

  5. ratheradverb

    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.

  6. ratheradverb

    Somewhat, fairly.

    Etymology: From rather, rether, from hraþor, comparative of hraþe, equivalent to . More at rathe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ratheradjective

    prior; earlier; former

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  2. Ratheradjective

    earlier; sooner; before

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  3. Ratheradjective

    more readily or willingly; preferably

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  4. Ratheradjective

    on the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  5. Ratheradjective

    of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  6. Ratheradjective

    more properly; more correctly speaking

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  7. Ratheradjective

    in some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rather

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rather' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #444

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rather' in Written Corpus Frequency: #442

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rather' in Adverbs Frequency: #61

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rather in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rather in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of rather in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    The private company thinks merely about own profits & money, so obviously it tends to recruit and retain only the employees with the same selfish thinking rather than those who are sincere and hardworking.

  2. Rob Bonta:

    It's unfortunate that some politicians would rather demonize trans youth than focus on solving real issues like tackling gun violence, beating back this pandemic, and rebuilding our economy.

  3. Andy Slavitt:

    We have to remember the fact that in the next two to six weeks, the variants that we've seen in Michigan -- those variants are also present in other states, so our ability to vaccinate people quickly in each of those states, rather than taking vaccines and shifting it to playing whack-a-mole, isn't the strategy that public health leaders and scientists have laid out.

  4. Severin Meiland:

    Before you were born there was billions of billions of years you didn't exist, and after you are dead there will be billions of billions of years that you wont exist. You don't remember the moment you where born, and you won't rememeber the moment you die. Life is a break between two eternies, a pause you might call it, and when you have a break or a pause, you dont want to work, live in misery, or struggle, but rather to rest, and enjoy yourself and others, and to live life easy, without worrying about what happens after, and certainly not what happened before. What matters is here and now, everything else is not worth worrying about.

  5. Parker Conrad:

    I think [ADP has] always had a bit of cognitive dissonance about Zenefits. On the one hand, we don’t do payroll—we’re a sales channel for them for payroll. On the other hand, although people think of ADP as a payroll company, they make a lot of money by taking that core payroll business and upselling clients on all of this other stuff, i think what happened for ADP is that at a certain point, their view of us flipped from uncertainty to a decision that they absolutely didn’t like us. Who knows? They might decide in six months to a year, ‘Oh my gosh, this is a mistake, we’d much rather partner with Zenefits—they have a lot of customers in the market, and we don’t want to block ourselves out of all of those customers.’.

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