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adjective rare pronunciation in British English /reə(r)/
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  1. 1
    not happening very often

    In a rare moment of honesty, he told her what he had done.

    it is rare (for someone) to do something:

    It’s extremely rare for her to lose her temper.

    1. a.
      not often seen or found, and therefore admired or valued very much

      This is one of the rarest plants in the collection.

      He has a rare talent for managing people.

  2. 2
    rare meat has been cooked for only a short time and is red inside

    I’ll have my steak rare.

  3. 3
    air that is rare contains very little oxygen


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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