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English definition of “rather”

rather

adverb [not gradable]  /ˈræð·ər, ˈrɑ·ðər/ us  

rather adverb [not gradable] (PREFERABLY)

in preference to, or as a preference: She wants us to meet her here rather than go to her apartment. I’d rather wear the black shoes. She’s saying things that many would rather not hear.

rather adverb [not gradable] (MORE EXACTLY)

more accurately; more exactly: These were not common criminals, but rather enemies of the state.

rather

adjective, adverb [not gradable]  /ˈræð·ər, ˈrɑ·ðər/ us  

rather adjective, adverb [not gradable] (TO SOME DEGREE)

to a noticeable degree; somewhat: It all seems rather unimportant.
(Definition of rather from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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