Synonyms of 'rather'
instead ofDictionary, as opposed to
She made students think for themselves, rather than telling them what to think.
as opposed to
1 preferablyDictionary, sooner, instead
I'd rather stay at home than fight against the holiday crowds.
Take exercise, preferably in the fresh air.
They would sooner die than stay in London.
If you do not do something, but do something else instead, you do the second thing and not the first thing, as the result of a choice or a change of behaviour.
Forget about dieting and eat normally instead.
to some extent
You use quite to indicate that something is the case to a fairly great extent. Quite is less emphatic than 'very' and 'extremely'.
I was doing quite well, but I wasn't earning a lot of money.
You use sort of when you want to say that your description of something is not very accurate.(informal)
I sort of made my own happiness.
You use kind of when you want to say that something or someone can be roughly described in a particular way.(informal)
It was kind of sad, really.
I'm getting a little tired of having to correct your mistakes.
A bit means to a small extent or degree. It is sometimes used to make a statement less extreme.
This girl was a bit strange.
You can use pretty before an adjective or adverb to mean 'quite' or 'rather'.(informal)
I had a pretty good idea what she was going to do.
Fairly means to quite a large degree. For example, if you say that something is fairly old, you mean that it is old but not very old.
We did fairly well.
Relatively means to a certain degree, especially when compared with other things of the same kind.
The sums needed are relatively small.
You use somewhat to indicate that something is the case to a limited extent or degree.
He concluded that Oswald was somewhat abnormal.
The house they moved to was slightly larger.
The machine operated moderately well.
to some degree
to be precise
to be exact
usage note:It is acceptable to use either would rather or had rather in sentences such as I would rather (or had rather) see a film than a play. Had rather, however, is less common than would rather, and sounds a little old-fashioned nowadays.
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to a small extent
to some extent
to a certain extent
to a small degree
Thesaurus for rather from the Collins English Thesaurus
You use rather when you are correcting something that you have just said , especially when you are describing a particular situation after saying what it is not.