rather meaning

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rather adverb
1. on the contrary
Related: instead
  • "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
Related: kind_of, kinda, sort_of
  • "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"
quite adverb
1. to a degree (not used with a negative)
Related: rather
  • "quite tasty"
  • "quite soon"
  • "quite ill"
  • "quite rich"
preferably adverb
1. more readily or willingly
Related: sooner, rather
  • "clean it well, preferably with warm water"
  • "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"
  • "I'd sooner die than give up"
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