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rarely

[ rair-lee ]
/ ˈrɛər li /
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adverb

on rare occasions; infrequently; seldom: I'm rarely late for appointments.
exceptionally; in an unusual degree.
unusually or remarkably well; excellent.

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Origin of rarely

First recorded in 1515–25; rare1 + -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for rarely

rarely
/ (ˈrɛəlɪ) /

adverb

hardly ever; seldomI'm rarely in town these days
to an unusual degree; exceptionally
dialect uncommonly well; excellentlyhe did rarely at market yesterday

usage for rarely

Since rarely means hardly ever, one should not say something rarely ever happens
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