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 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"
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"
to a degree (not used with a negative)
"quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"
More quickly; sooner, earlier.
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.)
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How to use rather in a sentence?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Translations for rather
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- доста, скоро, повечеBulgarian
- bastant, força, preferiblementCatalan, Valencian
- raději, spíš, spíšeCzech
- eithaf, yn hytrach, mwyWelsh
- ziemlich, eher, lieberGerman
- pli ĝusteEsperanto
- bastante, preferiblemente, más bien, algoSpanish
- pikemminkin, melko, mieluummin, tarkemmin sanottuna, vaan, aikaFinnish
- nokkso, rættiligaFaroese
- abbastanza, meglio, piuttosto, preferibilmenteItalian
- 寧ろ, むしろ, かなり, 一層Japanese
- gluži, diezganLatvian
- eerder, meer, liever, nogalDutch
- nokså, temmelig, fortrinnsvis, heller, ganskeNorwegian
- um tanto, preferivelmente, de preferência, bem, bastante, meioPortuguese
- лучше, скорее, довольноRussian
- rätt, hellre, helst, ganskaSwedish
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