To prefer; to prefer to.
Used to specify a choice or preference; preferably.
Used to introduce a contradiction; on the contrary.
Introducing a qualification or clarification; more precisely. (Now usually preceded by or.)
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"
rather, kind of, kinda, sort ofadverb
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"
preferably, sooner, ratheradverb
more readily or willingly
"clean it well, preferably with warm water"; "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"; "I'd sooner die than give up"
to a degree (not used with a negative)
"quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"
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How to use rather in a sentence?
I would rather we were poor than he took the risks.
We are not relying solely on their findings but rather the facts that we have gathered and verified, we ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to trust the process of the justice system.
Forgiving yourself/ourselves gives you/us peace of mind and power/freedom to move forward and never backward. Yes of course, anyone who refuses to forgive himself/herself/others of his/her/their mistakes/offences/short-comings is unknowingly declining/degenerating morally/spiritually rather than increasing/appreciating.
To pull out a candidate on the second round is rather unfair. Today, they're twisting the arm of the French, of the left. Are they going to accept being insulted, despised? We'll see.
It’s a very extreme measure for very extreme traffic, would I prefer not to do this? Ofcourse. But I would rather try something and fail than not try anything.
Translations for rather
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- повече, скоро, достаBulgarian
- preferiblement, força, bastantCatalan, Valencian
- spíše, spíš, radějiCzech
- eithaf, mwy, yn hytrachWelsh
- eher, lieber, ziemlichGerman
- pli ĝusteEsperanto
- más bien, algo, bastante, preferiblementeSpanish
- pikemminkin, tarkemmin sanottuna, mieluummin, vaan, aika, melkoFinnish
- nokkso, rættiligaFaroese
- preferibilmente, meglio, piuttosto, abbastanzaItalian
- 寧ろ, 一層, むしろ, かなりJapanese
- gluži, diezganLatvian
- nogal, meer, liever, eerderDutch
- ganske, fortrinnsvis, heller, nokså, temmeligNorwegian
- bastante, preferivelmente, um tanto, de preferência, bem, meioPortuguese
- лучше, скорее, довольноRussian
- rätt, helst, ganska, hellreSwedish
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