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Meaning of RATHER

Pronunciation:  'radhur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  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"
  2. [adv]  to a degree (not used with a negative); "quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"
  3. [adv]  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"
  4. [adv]  more readily or willingly; "clean it well, preferably with warm water"; "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"; "I'd sooner die than give up"

RATHER is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: instead, kind of, kinda, preferably, quite, sooner, sort of



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rath"er\, a. [Compar. of {Rath}, a.]
    Prior; earlier; former. [Obs.]
          Now no man dwelleth at the rather town.  --Sir J.
  2. \Rath"er\, adv. [AS. hra[eth]or, compar. of hra[eth]e,
    hr[ae][eth]e, quickly, immediately. See {Rath}, a.]
    1. Earlier; sooner; before. [Obs.]
             Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I.
             A good mean to come the rather to grace. --Foxe.
    2. More readily or willingly; preferably.
             My soul chooseth . . . death rather than my life.
                                                   --Job vii. 15.
    3. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or
       suggested; instead.
             Was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. --Mark
                                                   v. 26.
    4. Of two alternatives conceived of, by preference to, or as
       more likely than, the other; somewhat.
             He sought throughout the world, but sought in vain,
             And nowhere finding, rather feared her slain.
    5. More properly; more correctly speaking.
             This is an art Which does mend nature, change it
             rather, but The art itself is nature. --Shak.
    6. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the
       house is rather damp.
    {The rather}, the more so; especially; for better reason; for
       particular cause.
             You are come to me in happy time, The rather for I
             have some sport in hand.              --Shak.
    {Had rather}, or {Would rather}, prefer to; prefers to; as,
       he had, or would, rather go than stay. ``I had rather
       speak five words with my understanding than ten thousands
       words in an unknown tongue.'' --1 Cor. xiv. 19. See {Had
       rather}, under {Had}.