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rather /ˈræðɚ/ Brit /ˈrɑːðə/ adverb
rather
/ˈræðɚ/ Brit /ˈrɑːðə/
adverb
Learner's definition of RATHER
: to some degree or extent
often used to make a statement less forceful
used to introduce a statement that indicates what is true after you have said what is not true
used to introduce a statement that corrects what you have just said
British, old-fashioned used to express agreement

rather than

: in place of (something or someone) : instead of (something or someone)
: and not
used to say what is not chosen or done because something else is chosen or done instead

would rather

used to indicate what you want or prefer to do, have, etc.
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