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See definition of rather on Dictionary.com
  • adv.moderately
  • adv.significantly
  • adv.preferably; instead

synonyms for rather

  • a bit
  • a little
  • comparatively
  • fairly
  • kind of
  • pretty
  • quite
  • relatively
  • slightly
  • somewhat
  • averagely
  • enough
  • in a certain degree
  • more or less
  • passably
  • ratherish
  • reasonably
  • so-so
  • some
  • something
  • sort of
  • to some degree
  • to some extent
  • tolerably
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antonyms for rather

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  • extremely
  • insignificantly
  • little
  • violently
  • insignificantly
  • violently
  • extremely
  • little
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How to use rather in a sentence

Truth is a torch, but one of enormous size; so that we slink past it in rather a blinking fashion for fear it should burn us.
PEARLS OF THOUGHTMATURIN M. BALLOU
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'
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I was rather awed by his imposing appearance, and advanced timidly to the doors, which were of glass, and pulled the bell.
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Were you ever arrested, having in your custody another man's cash, and would rather go to gaol, than break it?
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The streets here are rather wide for an Italian city but would be deemed intolerably narrow in America.
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He is rather tall and narrow, and wears a long abb's coat reaching nearly down to his feet.
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This will often save the foliage from drying up, a happening which makes the plants rather unsightly.
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His nose was hooked and rather large, his eyes were blue, bright as steel, and set a trifle wide.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
In 1856 she married Mesdag, who, rather late in life decided to follow the career of a painter.
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But he put her gently by, saying, "I would rather be here, good Marda;" and went in and locked the door.
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WORDS RELATED TO RATHER

  • appreciably
  • far
  • greatly
  • markedly
  • noticeably
  • quite
  • rather
  • remarkably
  • somewhat
  • substantially
  • very much
  • well
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.