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rather

[ 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

    would rather, to prefer to; to prefer that: I would much rather we just went home.We would rather go for dinner after the show.Also Archaic or Literary, had rather .Compare sooner1 (def. 7).

Origin of rather

First recorded 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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