1

rather than

conjunction

Definition of rather than

  1. 1 —used with the infinitive form of a verb to indicate negation as a contrary choice or wish rather than continue the argument, he walked away chose to sing rather than play violin

  2. 2 :  and not obscures rather than resolves the problem why do one thing rather than another? happy rather than sad

First Known Use of rather than

14th century


2

rather than

preposition

Definition of rather than

  1. :  instead of rather than being pleased, she was angry

First Known Use of rather than

1595


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