rather

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rather is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
rather

Pronunciation[change]

Adverb[change]

Positive
rather

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. If something is rather large, different, difficult, etc., it is quite that way.
    I saw something rather unusual this morning.
  2. When you would rather do something, you want to do it more than something else.
    I would rather see a film (than stay home).
  3. instead of
    He went rather than stay behind and be alone.
  4. You use or rather to change what you have just said.
    I went there, or rather I had planned to go there, last week.

Coordinator[change]

Coordinator
rather

  1. rather than is , not
    We're going to do it sooner rather than later.
    People who learn languages quickly are the exception rather than the rule.
    The prices are likely to increase rather than decrease.

Synonyms[change]

Interjection[change]

Interjection
rather

  1. You use rather to show that you agree strongly.
    "Did you like the movie?" "Rather!"