1. [ adverb ] on the contrary
Synonyms: instead

"rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left" "he didn't call rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter" "used English terms instead of Latin ones"

2. [ adverb ] to some (great or small) extent
Synonyms: sort_of kind_of kinda

"it was rather cold" "the party was rather nice" "the knife is rather dull" "I rather regret that I cannot attend" "He's rather good at playing the cello" "he is kind of shy"

3. [ adverb ] more readily or willingly
Synonyms: preferably sooner

"clean it well, preferably with warm water" "I'd rather be in Philadelphia" "I'd sooner die than give up"

4. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 12151
5. [ adverb ] to a degree (not used with a negative)
Synonyms: quite

"quite tasty" "quite soon" "quite ill" "quite rich"

Similar spelling:   ratter