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    rather - Dictionary definition and meaning for word rather

    (adv) on the contrary
    Synonyms : instead
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (adv) to some (great or small) extent
    Synonyms : kind of , kinda , sort of
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (adv) more readily or willingly
    Synonyms : preferably , sooner
    Example Sentence
    • clean it well, preferably with warm water
    • I'd rather be in Philadelphia
    • I'd sooner die than give up
    (adv) to a degree (not used with a negative)
    Synonyms : quite
    Example Sentence
    • quite tasty
    • quite soon
    • quite ill
    • quite rich
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