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Dictionary definition for: Rather

1. (r) on the contrary; "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"

2. (r) to some (great or small) extent; "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"

3. (r) more readily or willingly; "clean it well, preferably with warm water" "I''d rather be in Philadelphia" "I''d sooner die than give up"

4. (r) to a degree (not used with a negative) "quite tasty" "quite soon" "quite ill" "quite rich"

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