more readily or willingly more readily or willingly
- "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"
on the contrary; "he didn't call; rather (or instead)
- "rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left"
to some (great or small) extent
- "He's rather good at playing the cello"
- "I rather regret that I cannot attend"
- "the knife is rather dull"
- "the party was rather nice"
- "it was rather cold"
to a degree (not used with a negative)