Rather

Definition of Rather

Rath´er   Pronunciation: răth´ẽr; 277
a.1.Prior; earlier; former.
Now no man dwelleth at the rather town.
- Sir J. Mandeville.
adv.1.
1.Earlier; sooner; before.
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.

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