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Adverb: rather  rã-dhu(r)
  1. On the contrary
    "rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left"; "he didn't call; rather, he wrote her a letter";
    - 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";
    - kind of [informal], kinda [non-standard], sort of [informal]
  3. In a preferred way
    "I'd rather be in Philadelphia";
    - preferably, sooner
  4. To a degree (not used with a negative)
    "rather tasty";
    - quite

Encyclopedia: Rather, Elizabeth