from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adverb More readily; preferably.
- adverb More exactly; more accurately.
- adverb To a certain extent; somewhat.
- adverb On the contrary.
- adverb Chiefly British Most certainly. Used as an emphatic affirmative reply.
from The Century Dictionary.
- More quickly; quicker. See
rath, adverb, 1.
- Earlier; sooner.
- More readily or willingly; with better liking; with preference or choice; in preference, as compared with something else.
- In preference; preferably; with better reason; better.
- More properly; more correctly speaking; more.
- On the contrary; to the contrary of what has been just stated.
- In a greater degree; much; considerably; also, in colloquial use, in some degree; somewhat: qualifying a verb.
- In some degree or measure; somewhat; moderately: usually qualifying an adverb or an adjective: as, she is rather pretty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective obsolete Prior; earlier; former.
- adverb obsolete Earlier; sooner; before.
- adverb More readily or willingly; preferably.
- adverb On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.
- adverb Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
- adverb More properly; more correctly speaking.
- adverb In some degree; somewhat
- adverb the more so; especially; for better reason; for particular cause.
- adverb prefer to; prefers to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb To
prefer; to prefer to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adverb more readily or willingly
- adverb to a degree (not used with a negative)
- adverb on the contrary
- adverb to some (great or small) extent
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Middle English, from Old English hrathor, comparative of hræthe, quickly, soon, from hræth, quick.]
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From Middle English rather, rether, from Old English hraþor ("sooner, earlier, more quickly"), comparative of hraþe ("hastily, quickly, promptly, readily, immediately, soon, at once, directly"), equivalent to rathe + -er. More at rathe.
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