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Definition 1: marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where rare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • what is so rare as a day in June
  • a rare skill
  • an uncommon sense of humor
  • she was kind to an uncommon degree

Synonyms for rare in the sense of this definition

(rare is similar to ...) beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

"extraordinary authority" "an extraordinary achievement" "her extraordinary beauty" "enjoyed extraordinary popularity" "an extraordinary capacity for work" "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

Definition 2: recurring only at long intervals - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where rare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a rare appearance
  • total eclipses are rare events

(rare is similar to ...) not frequent; not occurring regularly or at short intervals

"infrequent outbursts of temper"

Definition 3: (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where rare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rare roast beef

(rare is similar to ...) not treated with heat to prepare it for eating

Definition 4: not widely distributed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where rare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rare herbs
  • rare patches of green in the desert

(rare is similar to ...) deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

"fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"

Definition 5: having low density - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where rare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rare gasses
  • lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air

Synonyms for rare in the sense of this definition

(rare is similar to ...) relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous

"air is thin at high altitudes" "a thin soup" "skimmed milk is much thinner than whole milk" "thin oil"

Definition 6: not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where rare or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a rare word
  • rare books

(rare is similar to ...) not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind

"uncommon birds" "frost and floods are uncommon during these months" "doing an uncommon amount of business" "an uncommon liking for money" "he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability"

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