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rather

adverb

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1 by choice or preference
  • I would rather go to the movies than stay at home

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2 as a substitute
  • don't think of the placement test as torture but rather as a chance to show off how much you know

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3 to some degree or extent
  • I say, don't you think that's rather expensive for a hamburger?

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The first known use of rather was before the 12th century

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“Rather.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rather. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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