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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rather \Rath"er\ (r[a^][th]"[~e]r; 277), adverb [AS. hra[eth]or, compar. of hra[eth]e, hr[ae][eth]e, quickly, immediately. See {Rath}, adjective]

1. Earlier; sooner; before. [Obs.]

Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I. --Chaucer.

A good mean to come the rather to grace. --Foxe.

2. More readily or willingly; preferably.

My soul chooseth . . . death rather than my life. --Job vii. 15.

3. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.

Was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. --Mark v. 26.

4. Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.

He sought throughout the world, but sought in vain, And nowhere finding, rather feared her slain. --Dryden.

5. More properly; more correctly speaking.

This is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather, but The art itself is nature. --Shak.

6. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp.

{The rather}, the more so; especially; for better reason; for particular cause.

You are come to me in happy time, The rather for I have some sport in hand. --Shak.

{Had rather}, or {Would rather}, prefer to; prefers to; as, he had rather, or would rather go than stay. "I had rather speak five words with my understanding than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue." --1 Cor. xiv. 19. See {Had rather}, under {Had}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rather \Rath"er\ (r[a^][th]"[~e]r), adjective [Compar. of {Rath}, adjective] Prior; earlier; former. [Obs.]

Now no man dwelleth at the rather town. --Sir J. Mandeville.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

rather

adverb

1: on the contrary; "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" [syn: {rather}, {instead}]

2: to some (great or small) extent; "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" [syn: {rather}, {kind of}, {kinda}, {sort of}]

3: more readily or willingly; "clean it well, preferably with warm water"; "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"; "I'd sooner die than give up" [syn: {preferably}, {sooner}, {rather}]

4: to a degree (not used with a negative); "quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich" [syn: {quite}, {rather}]

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