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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. Julian Assange:

    Roger Stone is a rather canny spinmaster and we have not had any communications with Roger Stone whatsoever.

  2. Mia Bloom:

    It was done more of a defense mechanism rather than as an act of violence. Islamic State has said in its propaganda many times women are to remain in the home and really their participation in jihad is more nurturing role as a mother and a wife.

  3. Serena Williams:

    I want to be able to win matches where I'm not playing my best, play players who are playing great, be able to come through, i need to be tested, I guess. Sounds scripted. Actually, I'd rather not be tested in every match. But that doesn't happen, so it's important for me to have those, like, really rough, rowdy matches. That helps a lot.

  4. Peter Lowman:

    It's obvious the world is now buying central banks rather than the fundamentals attached to the economies.

  5. Bertolt Brecht:

    Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.

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