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[ adverb rath-er, rah-ther; interjection rath-ur, rah-thur ]
/ adverb ˈræð ər, ˈrɑ ðər; interjection ˈræðˈɜr, ˈrɑˈðɜr /
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adverb
interjection
Chiefly British. emphatically yes; assuredly; without doubt: Is the book worth reading?Rather!
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Idioms about rather

    had / would rather, to prefer that or to: I had much rather we not stay. We would rather go for dinner after the show.Compare soon (def. 8).

Origin of rather

before 900; Middle English; Old English hrathor, comparative of hræth quick, rathe
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How to use rather in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rather

rather
/ (ˈrɑːðə) /

adverb (in senses 1-4, not used with a negative)
sentence connector
on the contraryit's not cold. Rather, it's very hot indeed
sentence substitute (ˈrɑːˈðɜː)
an expression of strong affirmation, often in answer to a questionIs it worth seeing? Rather!

Word Origin for rather

Old English hrathor comparative of hræth ready, quick; related to Old Norse hrathr

usage for rather

Both would and had are used with rather in sentences such as I would rather (or had rather) go to the film than to the play. Had rather is less common and is now widely regarded as slightly old-fashioned
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Other Idioms and Phrases with rather

rather

see had rather.

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