Complete Definition of "rarely"

English

Pronunciation
UK: IPA|/reÉli/
audio|en-us-rarely.ogg|Audio (US)

Adverb
rarely

  1. Not occurring at a regular interval; in a rare manner or degree; seldom; not often.

#:We rarely go to the theatre.

Usage notes
It is grammatically a negative word. It therefore collocates with ever rather than never.
Compare We rarely ever go to the theatre. with We almost never go to the theatre.

Synonyms
barely
hardly
scarcely
seldom

Antonyms
frequently

Translations
trans-top|not occurring at a regular interval
Dutch: zelden
Finnish: harvoin
French: rarement
trans-mid
Italian: raramente
Portuguese: raramente
Slovene: redko
Swedish: ovanligen, sällan
trans-bottom

References
R:Century 1911
R:Webster 1913

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