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adverb rare·ly \ˈrer-lē\

Simple Definition of rarely

  • : not very often

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rarely

  1. 1 :  not often :  seldom

  2. 2 :  with rare skill :  excellently

  3. 3 :  in an extreme or exceptional manner

Examples of rarely in a sentence

  1. She rarely talks about her past.

  2. Rarely do we see this kind of weather in our area.

  3. Only rarely is surgery necessary to treat this condition.



1549

First Known Use of rarely

1549



RARELY Defined for Kids

rarely

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adverb rare·ly \ˈrer-lē\

Definition of rarely for Students

  1. :  not often <I rarely go.>





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