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Synonyms for rather
ˈræð ər, ˈrɑ ðər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rather, instead(adverb)

    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 of(adverb)

    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, rather(adverb)

    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, rather(adverb)

    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


  1. rather(adverb)

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

  2. rather(adverb)

    More quickly; sooner, earlier.

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

  3. rather(adverb)

    Used to specify a choice or preference; preferably.

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

  4. rather(adverb)

    Used to introduce a contradiction; on the contrary.

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

  5. rather(adverb)

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

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

  6. rather(adverb)

    Somewhat, fairly.

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


Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rather

    sooner than, in preference to

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. rather(ad.)

    preferably, in preference

  2. rather(ad.)

    moderately, in some measure, in some degree

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "rather":

    instead, quite, pretty, somewhat, fairly, relatively, enough, kinda, sooner, slightly, very, but

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  1. Kim Laughton:

    It's hard to know how many are pulling a credit card out and donating directly rather than using their donor-advised funds, but I think they understand they can do it quickly through the fund. They can even grant from a cellphone, which is really nice.

  2. Kendrick David Evans:

    I would rather die without the surgery and be able to still sing in my regular voice and still travel, at first [my parents] .?.?. thought I was being rebellious. But where we’re at now, they understand.

  3. Theresa Beckham:

    I wanted to hear more about what's most important to her. Things change all the time and I'd rather have a candidate that really thinks these things out.

  4. Edouard Diatta:

    The most important result of this project is not the newly built infrastructure but rather people's ability to come together as a group and achieve something.

  5. Cecile Alduy:

    At first, it all gives a rather pathetic image of a party based on a dynasty, but in the long run, if she manages the crisis well media-wise ... she could win from this break-up.

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