Rather in a sentence

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Definition of Rather

  • More readily or willingly; preferably.
  • On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.
  • Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
  • More properly; more correctly speaking.
  • In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp.
  • to some (great or small) extent
  • to a degree (not used with a negative)
  • on the contrary
  • more readily or willingly

How to use rather in a sentence. Rather pronunciation.

David looked at Kaid as though he would read in his face the reply that he must make, but he did not see Kaid; he saw, rather, the face of one he had loved more than Jonathan had been loved by the young shepherd-prince of Israel.
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He had yet some cards to play, and Achmet and Higli-and another very high and great-might be delivered over to Kaid's deadly purposes rather than himself tomorrow.
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The time it takes us, a rather conservative estimate, is fifty hours to get any eBook selected, entered, proofread, edited, copyright searched and analyzed, the copyright letters written, etc.
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I had rather go to war than live that episode over again.
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We bathed occasionally, but the water was rather chilly, for all it looked so sunny.
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We were fifteen days making the trip-two hundred miles; thirteen, rather, for we lay by a couple of days, in one place, to let the horses rest.
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Consequently, such people feel rather disappointed when they stand on the shores of the Humboldt or the Carson and find that a "river" in Nevada is a sickly rivulet which is just the counterpart of the Erie canal in all respects save that the canal is twice as long and four times as deep.
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Everybody's head was full of such "calculations" as those -such raving insanity, rather.
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Neglecting of his Business, and Maintaining of his Miss, had made him run in Debt, and he began to be so haunted by Bailiffs and Sergeants, that he was forc'd to fly into the _Low-Countries_ to secure himself; Chusing rather to trust to his Heels than his Hands.
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We cou'd have enow in Town to serve us, and thank you too; but we look upon you to be an Innocent Country Maid, and for that reason we had rather have you than another: Are you sure you are a Maid, _said the other_?
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By which means we are very secure; and tho' the Society for Reformation, as they call it, does utterly Ruine all such as are Publick Houses of Assignation, yet our Trade is rather made the better by it; because here they may meet without Danger of being Exposed, as a Worthy Gentlewoman had like to have been not long ago, which might have been her Ruine, had she not fallen into the hands of Gentlemen.
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No, Damn it, says she, I had rather be my own Mistress, and go to Bed and rise when I will, then to be curb'd by every Snotty Dame.
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In her solitary, idle, childless existence Iambe was much, very much, to her, and now as she saw her faithful companion and friend creep ill- treated and whining up to her bed-as the supple animal tried in vain to spring up and take refuge in her lap, and held out to his mistress his trembling, perhaps broken, little paw, fear vanished from the miserable young woman's heart-she sprang from her couch, took the little dog in her arms, and exclaimed with a glance, which flashed with anything rather than fear or repentance: "You do not touch the poor little beast again, if you take my advice.
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While her husband was still threatening and storming, Sirona had said to herself, that she would rather die than live any longer with this man.
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She felt that rather would she defy the prowling panthers, the night-chill, hunger and thirst, than appear again before Dame Dorothea, the senator, and Marthana, with this guilt on her soul; and the flying Miriam was one of the goblin forms that had terrified Paulus.
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So far as I am concerned, I am inclined for anything rather than jesting.
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Phoebicius did not doubt that the woman who had joined the caravan-which he himself had seen yesterday-was his fugitive wife, and he knew that his delay might have reduced his earnest wish to overtake her and punish her to the remotest probability; but he was a Roman soldier, and would rather have laid violent hands on himself than have left his post without a deputy.
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He understood nothing of all the words which she tried to say-for her voice, which only yesterday had been so sweet, to-day was inaudibly hoarse-except the one name "Phoebicius," and he felt no doubt that she clung to the stone over the abyss, so that, like the mountain-goat when it sees itself surprised by the hunter, she might fling herself into the depth below rather than be taken by her pursuer.
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But you are standing on a spot, where I would rather see my enemy than you; lay your hand confidently in mine-it is no longer white and slender, but it is strong and honest-grant me this request and you will never rue it!
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Only one thing was perfectly clear to her: she would rather starve and die of thirst, and shame, and misery-nay, she would rather be the instrument of her own death, than return to her husband.
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Examples of Rather

Example #1
In his ears he heard the voice that had called him in his sleep-the voice of Benn Claridge; and, at the same instant, there flashed into his mind a picture of himself fighting outside the tavern beyond Hamley and bidding farewell to the girl at the crossroads.
Example #2
What Joseph the Israelite did, thou canst do; for I am no more unjust than was that Rameses whom Joseph served.
Example #3
What he knew Kaid did not know.
Example #4
There was a crisis in the Soudan, there was trouble in the army, there was dark conspiracy of which he knew the heart, and anything might happen to-morrow!
Example #5
Our projected audience is one hundred million readers.
Example #6
We produce about two million dollars for each hour we work.