Meaning of “rarely” in the English Dictionary

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"rarely" in British English

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rarelyadverb

uk /ˈreə.li/ us /ˈrer.li/

B1 not often:

We rarely see each other now.
I rarely have time to read a newspaper.
formal Rarely have I seen such a beautiful sunset.
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  • Temperatures rarely rise above zero in winter.
  • In the summer the academy will exhibit several prints which are rarely seen.
  • She rarely ventured outside, except when she went to stock up on groceries at the corner shop.
  • She rarely spoke her mind out of fear of being ridiculed.
  • He hardly ever washes the dishes and he rarely, if ever, does any cleaning.

(Definition of “rarely” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rarely" in American English

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rarelyadverb

us /ˈreər·li/

on very few occasions; almost never:

I rarely have time to read the newspaper.

(Definition of “rarely” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)