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I had rather be plundered by my enemies than by my friends.
Henry IV

Meaning of "had rather" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HAD RATHER

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WHAT DOES HAD RATHER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of had rather in the English dictionary

The definition of had rather in the dictionary is to consider or find preferable that.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HAD RATHER

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had
had best
had better
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hadarim
hadaway
haddie
haddock
hade
Hadean
hadedah
Haden
Hades
Hadhramaut
Hadith
hadj
hadji
Hadlee
hadn´t

WORDS THAT END LIKE HAD RATHER

all-weather
birds of a feather
breather
father
feather
gather
godfather
grandfather
great-grandfather
heather
Holy Father
lather
leather
other
Our Father
patent leather
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stepfather
sunbather
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white leather

Synonyms and antonyms of had rather in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «had rather» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HAD RATHER

Find out the translation of had rather to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of had rather from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «had rather» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

有相当
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

tenido lugar
570 millions of speakers

English

had rather
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बल्कि था
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كان بالأحرى
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

было довольно
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Preferia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বরং ভাল হত্তয়া
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

eu lieu
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sebaliknya
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

hatte eher
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

むしろ持っていた
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

오히려 했다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Wis rada
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

còn hơn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மாறாக இருந்தது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ऐवजी होते
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Oldukça
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

aveva piuttosto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

miał raczej
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

було досить
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a avut mai degrabă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

είχε μάλλον
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

moes eerder
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

hade ganska
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

hadde heller
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of had rather

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HAD RATHER»

The term «had rather» is normally little used and occupies the 108.981 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HAD RATHER» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about had rather

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9 QUOTES WITH «HAD RATHER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word had rather.
1
Lyman Abbott
I abhor a hoe. I am fond of flowers but not of dirt, and had rather buy them than cultivate them.
2
George Berkeley
I had rather be an oyster than a man, the most stupid and senseless of animals.
3
Julius Caesar
I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.
4
Charles Caleb Colton
To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
5
Oliver Cromwell
I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.
6
Alexander the Great
I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.
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Henry IV
I had rather be plundered by my enemies than by my friends.
8
Harriet Martineau
For my own part, I had rather suffer any inconvenience from having to work occasionally in chambers and kitchen... than witness the subservience in which the menial class is held in Europe.
9
Mercy Otis Warren
General Washington had rather incautiously encamped the bulk of his army on Long Island - a large and plentiful district about two miles from the city of New York.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HAD RATHER»

Discover the use of had rather in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to had rather and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
An Historical Syntax of the English Language
would rather that you would, I mean should, charge only five per cent. g) / had rather 1). CI450 in: Reliquiae Antiq. I, 72, Yet haid I rether dye, For his sake, ons agayne (OED). | 1478 Marg. Paston, in: Past. Lett. No 818, 231, / had rather that ye ...
Frederik Theodor Visser, 1963
2
hepls towards correct english
whiie had rather aud would rather usually indicate preference or choice. (See Section 9 (3).) Used to jfl had better &&&%*&- j^^ffl** &£ ft- & used to m,T$ % & & w & & & & & ft %£, jffi had better, had rather, would rather ft jbJ $p £J fij Used fls jg  ...
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A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles: Volume 4. ...
Bunyan P 79 to muse whathe had best to do | Defoe Rox 230 I had as lieu he had been dead | Fielding T 2.181 I had rather have the soldiers than the officers | GoldsmV 2.42 he'd as liefeat that glass| ib 2.219 Ithink we hadas goodgo back ...
Otto Jespersen, 2013
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Notes and Queries
I can quote some half-dozen instances from memory, e. g. somewhere in the First Part of King Henry IV.: — " I had rather be a kitten, and cry — mew, Than one of these same metre ballad-mongers." " I had rather live, With cheese and garlic, ...
‎1870
5
Selected Writings of Otto Jespersen (Routledge Revivals)
(181) Imust here also mention the peculiarity ofthe English language bywhich not only what 1 Those who object to the form had in “I had rather speak than be silent ” etc. (see for instance a letterfrom Robert Browning inMrs. Orr'sHandbook ...
Otto Jespersen, 2010
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Love's labour's lost. Much ado about nothing. Merchant of Venice
I had rather be a canker in a hedge, than a rose in his grace ;4' and it better fits my blood to be disdain'd of all, than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied ...
William Shakespeare, Joseph Dennie, George Steevens, 1805
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The plays of William Shakspeare, with the corrections and ...
I had rather be a canker in a hedge, than a rose in his grace;4 and it better fits my blood to be dis- dain'd of all, than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any : in this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied ...
William Shakespeare, Joseph Dennie, Samuel Johnson, 1805
8
The Plays of William Shakespeare
I had rather be a canker in a hedge, than a rose in his grace;4, and it better fits my blood to be dis- dain'd of all, than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any : in this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied ...
William Shakespeare, 1805
9
Selection of Reports and Papers of the House of Commons: ...
I had rather be as I am ; I might have learnt something wrong. No. 10. A. K. Name ?— A. K. Residence and Trade ? — Offence charged ? — Stealing Geese. (For Trial.) " How long been in Prison ? — Been in a Fortnight. If ever been in Prison ...
‎1836
10
The New Age, Concordium Gazette, & Temperance Advocate
BY GOODWYI IAlIIYI had rather grow, where peasants plough, Within a country dale, Than I would be. with those we see In city, wan and pale; I had rather he, with peasants free, Upon the mountain top, Than I would dwell, with slaves of Hell, ...
‎1843

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HAD RATHER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term had rather is used in the context of the following news items.
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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is the flamboyant face of TV makeovers …
This bungling Brit abroad schtick is part of the programme's appeal but his association with the Christmas fairyland fiasco last year had rather ... «Radio Times, Jul 15»
2
Sir Patrick Stewart relives Star Trek days as he steps down as …
They had rather been waiting for him for quite a long time, with no disrespect to the great Bill Shatner (alias Captain Kirk). “And Los Angeles ... «Huddersfield Examiner, Jul 15»
3
Interview: Labour leader hopeful Liz Kendall sits down with Stephen …
The 19th century American senator Henry Clay, a three-time loser in campaigns for the Oval Office, remarked: “I had rather be right than ... «stv.tv, Jul 15»
4
Doing things the right way
After a couple hours of rudimentary training that I should have had rather than just being turned loose on fast bikes, the real fun begins. «Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Jul 15»
5
Amazing Health Solutions Now Offers Weight Loss Tips on YouTube
We knew from experience that some natural substances had rather remarkable properties. We heard about and experienced fantastic results by using aloe for ... «Digital Journal, Jul 15»
6
No ethos: the rhetoric of 2015
The two main UK-wide parties had rather different platforms yet pretended to be each other: the Tories made unexpected last-minute and ... «Open Democracy, Jul 15»
7
Pink Floyd: Five Prequels and Sequels
One of the greatest bands of the 70's generation had rather a big impact on one of the greatest bands of ours. Hardly surprising really. «Impact Magazine, Jul 15»
8
EDITORIAL: Don't remove history's lessons to appease a few
“I had rather forfeit popularity forever, than vote away the blood and happiness of my countrymen,” he declared. Nonetheless, he soon joined ... «The Mercury, Jul 15»
9
LAND LEVIES LOOTED
... which stipulates levies RDCs collect from communal, A1 and “It had rather been better to continue using the old system with council remitting ... «NewsdzeZimbabwe, Jul 15»
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For McKellen, playing Sherlock Holmes was a state of mind
“It's been nice, rather late in our careers — we've had rather similar careers, but for them to have met gives me a lot of joy. “But the same with ... «SFGate, Jul 15»

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