Definition for rather

adverb as in significantly

Weak match

a good bit

adverb as in preferably; instead

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Example Sentences

Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.

To put it rather uncharitably, the USPHS practiced a major dental experiment on a city full of unconsenting subjects.

What they found was that most people preferred to work with the lovable fool rather than the competent jerk.

Which is impossible unless people talk publicly rather than letting each crime be its own isolated incident.

Lady Rose is also rather subdued in the premiere, which is a pity.

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.

It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'

I was rather awed by his imposing appearance, and advanced timidly to the doors, which were of glass, and pulled the bell.

Were you ever arrested, having in your custody another man's cash, and would rather go to gaol, than break it?

The streets here are rather wide for an Italian city but would be deemed intolerably narrow in America.


On this page you'll find 72 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to rather, such as: a bit, a little, comparatively, fairly, kind of, and pretty.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.