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I realize that I’ve been rather stupid and selfish.
Matt left rather suddenly without any explanation.
He was rather a handsome boy.
The problem is rather more complicated than we had expected.
“You’re coming to swim with us, Uncle Phil, aren’t you?” “Rather!”
Doug chose to quit rather than admit that he’d made a mistake.
Rather than criticizing your husband, why not find out if there’s something wrong?
Financial support will be offered by private companies rather than the government.
We want the matter settled sooner rather than later.
I’d rather you didn’t mention this matter to anyone else.
He doesn’t want to learn – he’d rather stay at home and play video games.
They said they would rather die than abandon their homes.
You don’t need to come if you’d rather not.
This is the American English definition of rather. View British English definition of rather.