# rather

rather is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
 rather

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### Pronunciation

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 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).
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

 Coordinator rather
1. ${\displaystyle x}$ rather than ${\displaystyle y}$ is ${\displaystyle x}$, not ${\displaystyle y}$
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.

## Interjection

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