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Webster 1913 Edition


Rarely

Rare′ly

(râr′ly̆)
,
adv.
1.
In a rare manner or degree; seldom; not often;
as, things
rarely
seen
.
2.
Finely; excellently; with rare skill. See 3d
Rare
, 2.
The person who played so
rarely
on the flageolet.
Sir W. Scott.
The rest of the apartments are
rarely
gilded.
Evelyn.

Webster 1828 Edition


Rarely

RA'RELY

,
adv.
1.
Seldom; not often; as things rarely seen.
2.
Finely; nicely. [little used.]

Definition 2022


rarely

rarely

English

Adverb

rarely (comparative rarelier or more rarely, superlative rareliest or most rarely)

  1. Not occurring at a regular interval; seldom; not often. [from 16th c.]
    We rarely go to the theatre.
    Rarely do you ever find an eagle this far up the river.
  2. Unusually well; excellently. [from 16th c.]
  3. To a rare degree; very. [from 16th c.]

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.

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References

  • rarely in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • rarely in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913