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Synonyms for rather
ˈræð ər, ˈrɑ ðərrather

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  1. ratheradverb

    liefer, liever, fairly, somewhat, as lief, quite

  2. ratheradverb

    To prefer; to prefer to.

    liefer, fairly, somewhat, quite, liever, as lief

  3. ratheradverb

    Used to specify a choice or preference; preferably.

    liever, liefer, somewhat, quite, as lief, fairly

  4. ratheradverb

    Used to introduce a contradiction; on the contrary.

    as lief, quite, somewhat, fairly, liefer, liever

  5. ratheradverb

    Introducing a qualification or clarification; more precisely. (Now usually preceded by or.)

    liever, fairly, as lief, somewhat, quite, liefer

  6. ratheradverb

    Somewhat, fairly.

    quite, fairly, liever, somewhat, as lief, liefer


Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rather

    sooner than, in preference to

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rather, insteadadverb

    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"

    sooner, kinda, alternatively, instead, quite, or else, sort of, preferably, kind of

  2. 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"

    sooner, kinda, instead, quite, sort of, preferably, kind of

  3. 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"

    sooner, kinda, instead, quite, earlier, sort of, preferably, kind of

  4. quite, ratheradverb

    to a degree (not used with a negative)

    "quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"

    sooner, kinda, instead, quite, quite an, sort of, preferably, kind of, quite a

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ratheradjective

    preferably, in preference

  2. ratheradjective

    moderately, in some measure, in some degree

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  1. Karma Doma:

    I would rather we were poor than he took the risks.

  2. Marilyn Mosby:

    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.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    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.

  4. The Republicans:

    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.

  5. Tom Rowe:

    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.

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