rarely

adverb rare·ly \ ˈrer-lē \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of rarely

1 : not often : seldom
2 : with rare skill : excellently
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.

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First Known Use of rarely

1549

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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RARELY Defined for English Language Learners

rarely

Definition of rarely for English Language Learners

  • : not very often


RARELY Defined for Kids

rarely

adverb rare·ly \ ˈrer-lē \

Definition of rarely for Students

: not often
  • I rarely go.


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