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adverb 
  1. preferably, Preferably.
Often used with than, which introduces the less preferable alternative:
I'd stay in all day than go out with them.
I'd like this one rather than the other one.
  1. somewhat, Somewhat, fairly.
This melon is tasteless.
This melon is tasteless, especially compared to the one we had last time.
  1. (dated) more, More, more of.
    • 1898, J. A. Hamilton, "w:Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, Stanley, Edward George Geoffrey Smith", in Sidney Lee (Ed.), w:Dictionary of National Biography, Dictionary of National Biography, Volume LIV: Stanhope"Stovin, The MacMillan? Company, http://books.google.com/books?id=zj0JAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA60 page 60,
    • :His "Iliad" is spirited and polished, and, though often a paraphrase than a translation, is always more truly poetic than most of the best translations.
Etymology: Via from hraíor


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