used to mean ‘fairly’ or ‘to some degree’, often when you are expressing slight criticism, disappointment or surprise
The instructions were rather complicated.
She fell and hurt her leg rather badly.
It was a rather difficult question.
He looks rather like his father.
used with a verb to make a statement sound less strong
I rather suspect we’re making a mistake
used to correct something you have said, or to give more accurate information:
She worked as a secretary, or rather, a personal assistant.
used to introduce an idea that is different or opposite to the idea that you have stated previously
The walls were not white, but rather a sort of dirty grey.
would rather - would prefer to
She’d rather die than give a speech.
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