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definition of the word rather

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
turned taken end #241: rather until does Gutenberg

Via Middle English from Old English hraþor

rather (not comparable)

Positive
rather

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Preferably.
    Often used with than, which introduces the less preferable alternative:
    I'd rather stay in all day than go out with them.
    I'd like this one rather than the other one.
  2. Somewhat, fairly.
    This melon is rather tasteless.
    This melon is rather tasteless, especially compared to the one we had last time.
  3. (dated) More, more of.


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