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"rare" in British English

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rareadjective

uk   /reər/  us   /rer/
  • rare adjective (NOT COMMON)

B1 not common; very unusual: a rare disease/species The museum is full of rare and precious treasures. a rare occasion/opportunity/visit/treat, etc. [+ to infinitive] It's very rare to find these birds in New England in winter. It's very rare to find someone who combines such qualities.

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  • rare adjective (OF AIR)

used to describe the air at the top of a mountain, which contains less oxygen, making it harder to breathe
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(Definition of rare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rare" in American English

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rareadjective

 us   /reər/
  • rare adjective (NOT COMMON)

not common and therefore sometimes valuable: rare species of birds Success like that is extremely rare. She’s usually positive, but on rare occasions disappointment shows through. With rare exceptions, the families in this town have lived here for generations.
  • rare adjective (SLIGHTLY COOKED)

[-er/-est only] (esp. of meat) not cooked for very long and still red inside: rare steak
(Definition of rare from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“rare” in American English

A bunch of stuff about plurals
A bunch of stuff about plurals
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