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Meaning of rather

rath•er

Pronunciation: (adv.ra'ur, rä'urinterj.ra'ûr', rä'ûr'), [key]
— adv.
  1. in a measure; to a certain extent; somewhat: rather good.
  2. in some degree: I rather thought you would regret it.
  3. more properly or justly; with better reason: The contrary is rather to be supposed.
  4. sooner; more readily or willingly: to die rather than yield.
  5. more properly or correctly speaking; more truly: He is a painter or, rather, a watercolorist.
  6. on the contrary: It's not generosity, rather self-interest.
  7. to prefer that or to: I had much rather we not stay. We would rather go for dinner after the show.
—interj.
  1. emphatically yes; assuredly; without doubt: Is the book worth reading?Rather!
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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