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rare

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[ rair ]
/ rɛər /
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adjective, rar·er, rar·est.

coming or occurring far apart in time; unusual; uncommon: a rare disease;His visits are rare occasions.
thinly distributed over an area; few and widely separated: Lighthouses are rare on that part of the coast.
having the component parts not closely compacted together; not dense: rare gases;lightheaded from the rare mountain air.
unusually great: a rare display of courage.
unusually excellent; admirable; fine: She showed rare tact in inviting them.

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Origin of rare

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English rar(e), rer(e) “light, airy, loose,” from Latin rārus “loose, porous, wide apart, thin, infrequent”
rareness, noun
extinct, rare , scarce

Definition for rare (2 of 3)

rare2
[ rair ]
/ rɛər /

adjective, rar·er, rar·est.

(of meat) cooked just slightly: He likes his steak rare.

Origin of rare

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First recorded in 1610–20; variant of earlier rear, Middle English rere, hrere, Old English hrēr “(of eggs) lightly boiled”
rareness, noun

Definition for rare (3 of 3)

rare3
[ rair ]
/ rɛər /

verb (used without object), rared, rar·ing.Older Use.

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British Dictionary definitions for rare (1 of 2)

rare1
/ (rɛə) /

adjective

rareness, noun
C14: from Latin rārus sparse

British Dictionary definitions for rare (2 of 2)

rare2
/ (rɛə) /

adjective

(of meat, esp beef) very lightly cooked
Old English hrēr; perhaps related to hreaw raw
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