Definition of 'rather'
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The tone of volume three is rather different. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Those much derided experts have done rather a good job. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He would often rather we just go out for a meal or watch a movie together. The Sun (2016)It is possible that faces could make history less clear rather than more. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Because the voice came from a rather sweet little deer. Times, Sunday Times (2017) Sometimes you do rather want them to stop moaning and just enjoy it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)In fact the musical was alive and doing rather well back then. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The audience has come to see them rather than you. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They would much rather play than train. The Sun (2017)They tend to be looking for large family homes rather than buy-to-let purchases. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Tours nowadays are not as long as ours but the intensity is rather different. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The high street has got rather good at delivering special collections and designer collaborations. Times, Sunday Times (2010)What he devised was rather like a weighing machine. THE FROZEN WATER TRADE (2002)This film is surprisingly warm and really rather sweet. The Sun (2010) Sometimes it felt rather like a job interview. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It is pure fluff but it works rather well. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It really is rather wonderful to see it done properly. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We would much rather learn from it. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Maybe it is an offer to buy or get you a drink or something rather more direct. Blaikie's Guide to Modern Manners (2005) Indeed they rather took pride in not thinking about the ethics of their jobs at all. Times, Sunday Times (2015)They would rather not think about it at all. Times, Sunday Times (2012)She would rather talk about childcare and parental leave than immigration and welfare. Times, Sunday Times (2014)These questions often divide rather than unite existing parties. Times, Sunday Times (2015)To see why the distinction is misleading consider two rather different uses of the idea. Choice, Rationality, and Social Theory (1988)Does familiarity with male heroes not represent rather a good counterpoint? Times, Sunday Times (2011)Pearl spelt looks rather like pearl barley and can be used in similar ways. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It was a family matter rather than a football choice. Times, Sunday Times (2008)One soon got used to the rather sweet smell in the air. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Religion is sometimes a radical rather than a conservative force. Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies (1995)He rather shrank from seeing them both. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886)The company is coping with the low oil price as well as it can and is rather better placed than most. Times, Sunday Times (2015)My quarry is rather less benign. Times, Sunday Times (2006)I lean towards the longer term rather than sooner. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The young researchers blanched; what had seemed sure in the lab seemed rather less certain when faced with the prospect of the press. Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet (2007)
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Translations for 'rather'
British English: rather /ˈrɑːðə/ ADVERB
You use rather to mean `a little bit'.
I thought the party was rather boring.
- American English: rather
- Arabic: بَلْ
- Brazilian Portuguese: um tanto
- Chinese: 倒是
- Croatian: poprilično
- Czech: poněkud
- Danish: hellere
- Dutch: ietwat
- European Spanish: algo bastante
- Finnish: aika melko
- French: plutôt assez
- German: ziemlich
- Greek: μάλλον
- Italian: piuttosto
- Japanese: かなり
- Korean: 상당히
- Norwegian: heller
- Polish: raczej
- European Portuguese: bastante
- Romanian: prea
- Russian: скорее
- Spanish: algo
- Swedish: hellre
- Thai: ค่อนข้าง
- Turkish: oldukça
- Ukrainian: дещо
- Vietnamese: khá
Definition of rather from the Collins English Dictionary
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