What does rather mean?

Definitions for rather
ˈræð ər, ˈrɑ ðərrather

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rather, instead(adverb)

    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 of(adverb)

    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, rather(adverb)

    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, rather(adverb)

    to a degree (not used with a negative)

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

Wiktionary

  1. rather(Verb)

    To prefer; to prefer to.

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

  2. rather(Adverb)

    More quickly; sooner, earlier.

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

  3. rather(Adverb)

    Used to specify a choice or preference; preferably.

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

  4. rather(Adverb)

    Used to introduce a contradiction; on the contrary.

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

  5. rather(Adverb)

    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. rather(Adverb)

    Somewhat, fairly.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rather(adj)

    prior; earlier; former

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  2. Rather(adj)

    earlier; sooner; before

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  3. Rather(adj)

    more readily or willingly; preferably

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  4. Rather(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  5. Rather(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  6. Rather(adj)

    more properly; more correctly speaking

    Etymology: [Compar. of Rath, a.]

  7. Rather(adj)

    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

How to pronounce rather?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
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    Veena
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    Indian

How to say rather in sign language?

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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. Raymond Helmick:

    There are a lot of issues, and the school is rather careless about the whole thing.

  2. Vanese Henley:

    If you ask a dumb question, you’ll get a dumb answer…or would you rather me be the only one standing there looking intelligent.

  3. C. C. Colton:

    To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports; when we succeed; it betrays us.

  4. Google News:

    We don't want to have legal disputes with publishers, we'd much rather collaborate with them to direct visitors to their websites and apps in order to strengthen digital journalism.

  5. Czech Proverb:

    Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.

Images & Illustrations of rather

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