would rather

Definition of would rather

  1. —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

  1. : past tense ofwill

    :  wished, desired

    :  wish for :  want

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

    :  more readily or willingly :  preferably

    :  more correctly speaking

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