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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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. to a degree (not used with a negative); "quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Prior; earlier; former. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Earlier; sooner; before. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. More readily or willingly; preferably. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. More properly; more correctly speaking. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. More willingly: in preference: especially: more so than otherwise: on the contrary: somewhat. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Sooner; more willingly; more so; somewhat. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. With preference; more willingly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. With more reason. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Somewhat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. räth'[.e]r, adv. more willingly: in preference: especially: more so than otherwise: on the contrary: somewhat, in some degree: more properly: (coll.) considerably, very much.--adj. RATH'ERISH, to a slight degree, somewhat.--RATHER BETTER THAN, somewhat in excess of.--THE RATHER, by so much the more. [A.S. hrathor, comp. of hrathe, early.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. More truly, to a greater extent, as a more accurate description or preferable account of the matter, or to be more precise, (Is r. good than bad. Derived r. from imagination than reason. Orderliness is not the result of law; r. it is the cause of it. Late last night, or r. early this morning), the r. that, so much the more because; in a modified way, to some extent, slightly, somewhat, (I r. think you know him; the performance was r. a failure, was r. good, fell r. flat); by preference, for choice, sooner, as an alternative chosen sooner than another of same grammatical form or than to (would much r. not go; he would r. have died than refused; use soft water r. than hard; the desire to seem clever r. than honest; he resigned r. than stifle his conscience; also with had, as I had r. err with Plato than be right with Horace); (colloq., in answers) most emphatically, yes without doubt, assuredly, (Have you been here before?-Rather!). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. adv. [Anglo-Saxon] More readily or willingly; preferably ;-on the other hand ; on the contrary ; somewhat ; moderately ; tolerably ;- more properly ; more correctly speaking ; - especially ; for the reason that. Cabinet Dictionary

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