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. x rather than y is x, not 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.

Synonyms[change]

Interjection[change]

Interjection
rather

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