[ US /ˈɹæðɝ, ˈɹəðɝ/ ]
[ UK /ɹˈɑːðɐ/ ]
  1. on the contrary
    used English terms instead of Latin ones
    he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter
    rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left
  2. to a degree (not used with a negative)
    quite rich
    quite ill
    quite soon
    quite tasty
  3. to some (great or small) extent
    I rather regret that I cannot attend
    he is kind of shy
    it was rather cold
    He's rather good at playing the cello
    the knife is rather dull
    the party was rather nice
  4. more readily or willingly
    I'd sooner die than give up
    clean it well, preferably with warm water
    I'd rather be in Philadelphia
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How To Use rather In A Sentence

  • Warner wrote from Egypt expressing sympathy for their unfurnished state of affairs, but added, "I would rather fit out three houses and fill them with furniture than to fit out one 'dahabiyeh'. Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete
  • Beard is rather dismissive of their optical sophistication, shown in the curvature of the stylobate and in the entasis of the columns — the slight outward swelling of a column designed to counter the optical illusion of concavity, were the columns 'sides to be perfectly straight. Looking for the Lost Greeks
  • People were gulping down sundowners, women seemed to be, rather disinterestedly, sipping their drinks and picking up a bite.
  • This contact of his had passed on to him a list of slightly disreputable jewelers and watchmakers in the area, on which I was rather impressed and a bit taken aback to find my appearance.
  • Ballymaloe take a more seasonal approach to things by using redcurrant rather than lemon juice, made by simmering a couple of punnets of the astringent little fruits with water, and then pushing them through a sieve. How to make perfect strawberry jam
  • The film had a rather tired plot.
  • Under the "fly-in fly-out" roster system, workers can be moved to a different self-contained unit, or "donga", rather than having their own rooms, as they have had in the past. Latest News - Yahoo!7 News
  • It is the failure of the diaphragmatic pinchcock to open, as in the normal deglutitory cycle, rather than a spasmodic tightness, that obstructs the food. Bronchoscopy and Esophagoscopy A Manual of Peroral Endoscopy and Laryngeal Surgery
  • I think the argument of race as a cause of criminality like Walter brings up is somewhat off-point - The reason why those racial divides in criminality show up is mainly because those lines go together with education - or rather: the lack of good education. Can a Godless Society be a
  • So you blurb the writer rather than the book, so you just know that that's going to be the one they stick on the cover.
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