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rather    : [r'æðɚ] [r'ʌðɚ]
Rather \Rath"er\ (r[a^][th]"[~e]r), a. [Compar. of {Rath}, a.]
Prior; earlier; former. [Obs.]
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Now no man dwelleth at the rather town. --Sir J.
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Rather \Rath"er\ (r[a^][th]"[~e]r; 277), adv. [AS. hra[eth]or,
compar. of hra[eth]e, hr[ae][eth]e, quickly, immediately. See
{Rath}, a.]
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1. Earlier; sooner; before. [Obs.]
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Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I.
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A good mean to come the rather to grace. --Foxe.
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2. More readily or willingly; preferably.
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My soul chooseth . . . death rather than my life.
--Job vii. 15.
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3. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or
suggested; instead.
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Was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. --Mark
v. 26.
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4. Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to,
or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
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He sought throughout the world, but sought in vain,
And nowhere finding, rather feared her slain.
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5. More properly; more correctly speaking.
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This is an art
Which does mend nature, change it rather, but
The art itself is nature. --Shak.
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6. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the
house is rather damp.
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{The rather}, the more so; especially; for better reason; for
particular cause.
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You are come to me in happy time,
The rather for I have some sport in hand. --Shak.
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{Had rather}, or {Would rather}, prefer to; prefers to; as,
he had rather, or would rather go than stay. "I had rather
speak five words with my understanding than ten thousand
words in an unknown tongue." --1 Cor. xiv. 19. See {Had
rather}, under {Had}.
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adv 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" [synonym: {rather},
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" [synonym: {rather}, {kind of},
{kinda}, {sort of}]
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" [synonym: {preferably}, {sooner}, {rather}]
4: to a degree (not used with a negative); "quite tasty"; "quite
soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich" [synonym: {quite}, {rather}]

173 Moby Thesaurus words for "rather":
OK, Roger, a bit, a little, a rebours, absolutely, acceptably,
adequately, after all, again, against the grain, albeit, all right,
all the same, alright, alrighty, alternately, alternatively,
although, amen, arsy-varsy, as an alternative, as you say,
assuredly, at all events, at any rate, aye, before, but,
by all means, by choice, by contraries, by election, by proxy,
by vote, certainly, choose, choose rather, contra, contrarily,
contrariously, contrariwise, conversely, da, decently, even,
even so, exactly, extremely, fairishly, fairly, fairly well,
faute de mieux, favor, fine, first, for all that, good,
good enough, have a bias, have preference, have rather, hear,
honor before, howbeit, however, in a measure, in a way,
in any case, in any event, in flat opposition, in its place,
in its stead, in loco parentis, in preference, in some measure,
indeed, indeedy, instead, inversely, it is that, ja, just so,
just the opposite, just the same, kind of, lean towards,
like better, mais oui, moderately, more, more or less,
most assuredly, naturally, naturellement, nay rather, nevertheless,
nonetheless, notwithstanding, of course, okay, on the contrary,
oppositely, otherwise, oui, passably, per contra, please,
positively, precisely, prefer, prefer to, preferably, presentably,
pretty, pretty well, quite, quite the contrary, rather than,
really, respectably, right, right as rain, right you are, righto,
satisfactorily, scarcely, see fit, set before, slightly, so-so,
somewhat, sooner, sooner than, sort of, still, sure, sure thing,
surely, that is so, think best, think fit, think proper, though,
to a degree, to be sure, to some extent, to the contrary,
tolerably, topsy-turvy, tout au contraire, truly, unexceptionably,
upside down, very, very well, vice versa, well and good,
well enough, when, why yes, yea, yeah, yep, yes, yes indeed,
yes indeedy, yes sir, yes sirree, yet, you are right, you said it,
you speak truly

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  • RATHER | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    Grammar Rather as a degree adverb We use rather to give emphasis to an adjective or adverb It has a similar meaning to quite when quite is used with gradable words It is more formal than quite We often use it to express something unexpected or surprising: …
  • RATHER | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    These examples are from the Cambridge English Corpus and from sources on the web Any opinions in the examples do not represent the opinion of the Cambridge Dictionary editors or of Cambridge University Press or its licensors
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    Void definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary In Common Usage void is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary View usage for: Translations for 'void' British English: void vɔɪd ADJECTIVE Something that is void is officially Definition of void from the Collins English Dictionary Number in nouns
  • Rather definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Rather definition: You use rather when you are correcting something that you have just said , especially | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples Definition of rather from the Collins English Dictionary Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college
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    Definition of rather than from the Collins English Dictionary Verbal nouns The verbal noun is the -ing form, i e the present participle of the verb, used as a noun
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  • English - definition of English by The Free Dictionary
    English is sometimes used to mean 'belonging or relating to Great Britain' However, it is better to avoid this use, as it may cause offence to people who come from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland
  • English | Definition of English in English by Oxford . . .
    1mass noun The language of England, widely used in many varieties throughout the world ‘Spanish is the first language, but English is widely spoken in the tourist trade ’ ‘Turkish and English will be spoken throughout the evening ’ ‘That sentence wasn't written by anyone who speaks English as a first language ’

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