- (obsolete) Prior; earlier; former.
- (conjunctive) Used to introduce a contradiction; on the contrary. [from 14th c.]
"It wasn't supposed to be popular; rather, it was supposed to get the job done."
- Used to specify a choice or preference; preferably. (Always with would - normally contracted to 'd). (Now usually followed by than) [from 9th c.]
"I'd rather stay in all day than go out with them."
- (degree) Somewhat, fairly. [from 16th c.]
"This melon is rather tasteless."
- (obsolete) More quickly; sooner, earlier. [9th-19th c.]
- (conjunctive) Introducing a qualification or clarification; more precisely. (Now usually preceded by or.) [from 15th c.]
"I didn't want to leave. Or rather I did, just not alone."
- (England, dated) An enthusiastic affirmation.
- (nonstandard or dialectal) To prefer; to prefer to.