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English definition of “rather”

rather

adverb [not gradable] (PREFERABLY)   /ˈræð·ər, ˈrɑ·ðər/
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 .
(Definition of rather adverb (PREFERABLY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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