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Definition 1: to a degree (not used with a negative) - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • quite tasty
  • quite soon
  • quite ill
  • quite rich

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Definition 2: more readily or willingly - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • clean it well, preferably with warm water
  • I'd rather be in Philadelphia
  • I'd sooner die than give up

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Definition 3: on the contrary - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left
  • he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter
  • used English terms instead of Latin ones

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Definition 4: to some (great or small) extent - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • it was rather cold
  • the party was rather nice
  • the knife is rather dull
  • I rather regret that I cannot attend
  • He's rather good at playing the cello
  • he is kind of shy

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