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To a certain or limited extent or degree
“I have to say that our meal at the restaurant was rather bland.”
To a significant or noticeable extent or degree
“There was a rather unpleasant smell emanating from the basement.”
Used to indicate one's preference in a particular matter
“Carmen scowled that she would rather die than be El Guapo's woman for the night.”
More precisely
“The technology, or rather the people behind it, are getting smarter.”
(rather than) Instead of, or in preference to
“I would say he was disappointed rather than angry.”
Used to introduce a contradiction
“It was not meant to be appealing; rather, it was purely a personal expression of his artistic quirks.”
(rather than) Used to indicate that the following alternative is less preferred
“I'd like to go home now rather than when it gets too dark.”
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