Meaning of “rather” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb us uk /ˈrɑːðər/
Extra Examples
It was a rather hair-raising journey down the mountain road.I'll just put my bag down for a minute, it's rather heavy.That scarf looks rather fetching on you.He had a rather unsavoury reputation.Our hotel room is rather small, but we'll just have to make the best of it.

B1 slightly or to a degree:

I rather like it.
I find her books rather dull.
rather than

B1 instead of:

I thought we could go to the cinema this evening rather than stay at home.
He saw his music as a hobby rather than a career.
would rather

B1 If you would rather do something, you would prefer to do that thing:

I'd much rather go out for a meal than stay in and watch TV.

B2 used to change something you have just said and make it more correct:

I tried writing some drama, or rather comedy-drama, but it wasn't very good.

(Definition of “rather” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)