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rather

adverb uk   /ˈrɑː.ðər/ us    /ˈræð.ɚ/

rather adverb (SMALL AMOUNT)

B1 quite; to a slight degree: It's rather cold today, isn't it? That's rather a difficult book - here's an easier one for you. The train was rather too crowded for a comfortable journey. She answered the phone rather sleepily. I rather doubt I'll be able to come to your party.Some and quite

rather adverb (MORE EXACTLY)

B2 more accurately; more exactly: She'll go to London on Thursday, or rather, she will if she has to. He's my sister's friend really, rather than mine.Also, extra, and in addition used to express an opposite opinion: The ending of the war is not a cause for celebration, but rather for regret that it ever happened. No, I'm not tired. Rather the opposite in fact.Also, extra, and in addition

rather adverb (PREFERENCE)

rather than B1 instead of; used especially when you prefer one thing to another: I think I'd like to stay at home this evening rather than go out.Replacing and exchangingLiking more

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