would rather

[ adverb rath-er, rah-th er; interjection rath-ur, rah-th ur ]SEE DEFINITION OF would rather
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I would rather gain one prize from the Choragus, than ten from the Gymnasiarch.

But I would rather do it than live on money that did not belong to me.

And I would rather have killed a man than have seen Gray Peter die.

He would rather live and die in fear than change this concept of God.

I would rather you should not have a situation at all, than get mixed up with bad companions.

Even if she only did it for a joke, I think Marian would rather that you had not read them.

"I would rather trust to my own action than that of a machine," he says.

“I would rather walk the streets all the days of my life,” she thought.

I would rather have you find fault with me like a friend than approve me like a dilettante.

Why, I would rather have to guard ten soldiers than one scholar.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hraþor "more quickly, earlier, sooner," also "more readily," comparative of hraþe, hræþe "quickly, hastily, promptly, readily, immediately," which is related to hræð "quick, nimble, prompt, ready," from Proto-Germanic *khratha- (cf. Old Norse hraðr, Old High German hrad), from PIE *kret- "to shake." The base form rathe was obsolete by 18c. except in poetry (Tennyson); superlative rathest fell from use by 17c. Meaning "more willingly" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "more truly" is attested from late 14c.

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