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rather
Part of Speech: Noun
Results: 7
1. Prior; earlier; former.
2. Earlier; sooner; before.
3. More readily or willingly; preferably.
4. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.
5. Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
6. More properly; more correctly speaking.
7. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp.
Examples of usage:
  • " I would so much rather stay here. - "The Rector of St. Mark's", Mary J. Holmes.
  • " Do you know- I am rather? - "The Obstacle Race", Ethel M. Dell.
  • I- I would rather not- not yet. - "Love Under Fire", Randall Parrish.
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