Synonyms of rather in English:


See US English definition of rather

See UK English definition of rather

See Spanish definition of bastante


1‘I'd rather you went’

by preference, sooner, preferably, by choice, from choice, more willingly, more readily
North American if I had my druthers

2‘it all sounds rather complicated’

quite, a bit, a little, fairly, slightly, somewhat, relatively, to some degree, to some extent, comparatively, moderately
informal pretty, sort of, kind of, kinda, ish

3‘she was finally forced to confront her true feelings for him—or rather, her lack of feelings’

more precisely, to be precise, to be exact, strictly speaking, correctly speaking

4‘she seemed indifferent rather than angry’

more, more truly
as opposed to, instead of

5‘the judgement was not impulsive, but rather a carefully thought-out decision’

on the contrary, quite the opposite, instead