would rather

Definition of would rather

used to indicate what one wants or prefers to do, have, etc.
  • She would rather drive than take the train.
  • I would rather you didn't tell them.
  • "If you'd rather, we can go outside." "No, thanks—I'd rather not."
  • Which beach would you rather go to?

Word by Word Definitions

would play
  1. : past tense of will

  2. : wished, desired

  3. : wish for : want

rather play
  1. : with better reason or more propriety : more properly

  2. : more readily or willingly : preferably

  3. : more correctly speaking


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