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Definitions of rather

  1. 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. 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. 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. to a degree ( not used with a negative); " quite tasty"; " quite soon"; " quite ill"; " quite rich"
  5. Prior; earlier; former.
  6. Earlier; sooner; before.
  7. More readily or willingly; preferably.
  8. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.
  9. Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
  10. More properly; more correctly speaking.
  11. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp.
  12. More willingly; as, I would rather read than write; better; on the contrary; instead; as, go rather to them that sell; more properly; as, they acted wisely, or rather their brother did for them; somewhat; as, I rather like it.
  13. More willingly: in preference: especially: more so than otherwise: on the contrary: somewhat.
  14. Sooner; more willingly; more so; somewhat.
  15. With preference; more willingly.
  16. With more reason.
  17. Somewhat.
  18. More readily or willingly; in preference; sooner than otherwise; more properly; especially. The rather, for better reason. Had rather or would rather, to desire in preference.
  19. More readily or willingly; with better liking; somewhat; more so than otherwise; in some degree; more correctly speaking; sooner; the rather, the sooner; the more so; I had rather, I would sooner; rather deaf, slightly or somewhat deaf.
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Usage examples for rather

  1. I- I would rather not. – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  2. I had rather that you would go home. – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton
  3. It really doesn't matter at all, but I thought that you two would rather be alone. – Lola by Owen Davis
  4. Rather speak of my love. – The White Squaw by Mayne Reid
  5. Rather take it away! – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  6. Andrassy is rather old and tired. – Face to Face with Kaiserism by James W. Gerard
  7. Oh, yes, I should rather think so." – Fortitude by Hugh Walpole
  8. Say rather my dear friend, why should any one believe it? – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  9. " Oh, both, I fancy," said Dunn, rather pleased with his own courage. – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  10. I would rather be there than in any other place I can think of. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  11. He took it rather quickly- almost too quickly. – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  12. " I would rather not marry, if that were true," she said. – Washington Square by Henry James
  13. " I should think he might have made love rather well," she said. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  14. I would rather come with you. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  15. I would rather know that he's a man. – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  16. I rather like him. – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  17. And aren't you- rather out of place?" – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  18. Or, rather it is just because of that. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  19. Rather would the Poknees say as I'd killed my dear one. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
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