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Rather meaning

rather - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. Prior; earlier; former.
  2. 2. Earlier; sooner; before.
  3. 3. More readily or willingly; preferably.
  4. 4. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.
  5. 5. Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
  6. 6. More properly; more correctly speaking.
  7. 7. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. Sooner; more willingly; more so; somewhat.

rather - examples of usage

  1. I'd rather stay here with you. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. Or, rather, what was it that she saw? - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  3. Wouldn't you rather stay at home? - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
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