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Rather: Earlier sooner before. [Obs.] Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I. Chaucer. A good mean to come the rather to grace. Foxe. More readily or willingly prefe Do you have knowledge, Definitions or data to publish about Rather? Dictionary UK is open for edits.

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Meaning of Rather:

1. Earlier

2. sooner

3. before. [Obs.] Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I. Chaucer. A good mean to come the rather to grace. Foxe.

4. More readily or willingly

5. preferably. My soul chooseth . . . death rather than my life. Job vii.

6. On the other hand

7. to the contrary of what was said or suggested

8. instead. Was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. Mark v. 2

9. Of two alternatives conceived of, by preference to, or as more likely than, the other

10. somewhat. He sought throughout the world, but sought in vain, And nowhere finding, rather feared her slain. Dryden.

11. 5. More properly

12. more correctly speaking. This is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather, but The art itself is nature. Shak.

13. In some degree

14. somewhat

15. as, the day is rather warm

16. the house is rather damp. The rather, the more so

17. especially

18. for better reason

19. for particular cause. You are come to me in happy time, The rather for I have some sport in hand. Shak. Had rather, or Would rather, prefer to

20. prefers to

21. as, he had, or would, rather go than stay. "I had rather speak five words with my understanding than ten thousands words in an unknown tongue." 1 Cor. xiv. 1 See Had rather, under Had.

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