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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rather \Rath"er\ (r[a^][th]"[~e]r; 277), adv. [AS. hra[eth]or,
     compar. of hra[eth]e, hr[ae][eth]e, quickly, immediately. See
     Rath, a.]
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     1. Earlier; sooner; before. [Obs.]
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              Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I.
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              A good mean to come the rather to grace. --Foxe.
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     2. More readily or willingly; preferably.
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              My soul chooseth . . . death rather than my life.
                                                    --Job vii. 15.
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     3. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or
        suggested; instead.
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              Was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. --Mark
                                                    v. 26.
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     4. Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to,
        or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
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              He sought throughout the world, but sought in vain,
              And nowhere finding, rather feared her slain.
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     5. More properly; more correctly speaking.
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              This is an art
              Which does mend nature, change it rather, but
              The art itself is nature.             --Shak.
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     6. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the
        house is rather damp.
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     The rather, the more so; especially; for better reason; for
        particular cause.
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              You are come to me in happy time,
              The rather for I have some sport in hand. --Shak.
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     Had rather, or Would rather, prefer to; prefers to; as,
        he had rather, or would rather go than stay. "I had rather
        speak five words with my understanding than ten thousand
        words in an unknown tongue." --1 Cor. xiv. 19. See Had
        rather, under Had.
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