Definitions of rather

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sooner; more willingly; more so; somewhat. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. With preference; more willingly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. Somewhat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Prior; earlier; former. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Earlier; sooner; before. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. More readily or willingly; preferably. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. More properly; more correctly speaking. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for rather

  1. I would rather be there than in any other place I can think of. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  2. Rather take it away! – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen