rare·​ly | \ ˈrer-lē How to pronounce rarely (audio) \

Definition of rarely

1 : not often : seldom
2 : with rare skill : excellently
3 : in an extreme or exceptional manner

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Examples of rarely in a Sentence

She rarely talks about her past. Rarely do we see this kind of weather in our area. Only rarely is surgery necessary to treat this condition.
Recent Examples on the Web But, these institutions rarely have money to acquire works for full market value. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 In 2015, the movie Tangerine was noted for an authenticity that films about transgender characters rarely have, casting actual trans performers in the main roles. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 7 June 2022 In the tech industry, for example, partners rarely have access to customer satisfaction data that vendors routinely collect. Erica Volini, Forbes, 3 June 2022 But ransomware victims rarely have any idea who has attacked them besides the nickname of the software that has infected their computers. Kevin Collier, NBC News, 2 June 2022 Canada has produced considerable NBA talent since the beginning of the Toronto Raptors in 1995 but rarely has Team Canada been able to gather all of their talent to play for their country. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2022 Helio Castroneves has always been one of the most emotional drivers on the IndyCar grid, but very rarely has the 47-year-old publicly been moved to tears. Nathan Brown, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 Unlikely, since these young men rarely have a criminal record. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 25 May 2022 FTW Outdoors reported that fishermen rarely see or catch melanistic alligator gar. Fox News, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rarely

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jun 2022

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“Rarely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rarely. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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rare·​ly | \ ˈrer-lē How to pronounce rarely (audio) \

Kids Definition of rarely

: not often I rarely go.

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