ratheradverbuk /ˈrɑː.ðər/ us /ˈræð.ɚ/
rather adverb (SMALL AMOUNT)
- It is a rather grey, colourless city, with few interesting sights or historical monuments.
- His books tend to be rather densely written.
- The company's prospects for the future are rather dim.
- She found the formality of the occasion rather daunting.
- To people who don't know him he probably appears (to be) rather unfriendly.
rather adverb (MORE EXACTLY)
- I'll be home before 6, or rather, I will unless I get asked to stay late again.
- She's not shy. Rather the opposite.
- She was in a good mood, or rather she was until she heard the bad news.
- They go on holiday to France every year, or rather, they have done for the last ten years.
- He's selling his flat, or rather, he will sell it if he can find a buyer.
rather adverb (PREFERENCE)
- You can use cocoa powder to make the cake rather than chocolate - it's a bit of a cheat, but nobody notices the difference.
- Helicopters are mainly used for military rather than civil use.
- The matter would be better dealt with in the civil court rather than by an expensive criminal proceeding.
- Most convalescents prefer to be cared for at home rather than in a hospital.
- I prefer photographing people rather than places.
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ratheradverb, predetermineruk /ˈrɑː.ðər/ us /ˈræð.ɚ/
- He boobed rather badly by getting her name wrong.
- I think my husband is the most handsome man in the world, but I realize my judgment is rather subjective.
- I've had a sort-out in the bedroom - it's looking rather better.
- I heard something rather worrying at work this morning.
- Jane has rather a sharp tongue, I'm afraid.