1 seldom; not often.
2 in an unusual degree; exceptionally.
3 exceptionally well.

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  • rarely — rarely, seldom It is acceptable to say rarely if ever or seldom if ever but not (except informally) rarely ever or seldom ever: We rarely if ever go out / ☒ We rarely ever go out. In the second example, hardly ever or scarcely ever could be… …   Modern English usage

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  • rarely — from RARE (Cf. rare) (adj.1) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • rarely — [adv] not often; exceptionally almost never, barely, extra, extraordinarily, extremely, finely, hardly, hardly ever, infrequently, little, notably, now and then, once in a while, once in blue moon*, on rare occasions, remarkably, scarcely ever,… …   New thesaurus

  • rarely — ► ADVERB ▪ not often; seldom …   English terms dictionary

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  • rarely — rare|ly W2 [ˈreəli US ˈrerli] adv not often ≠ ↑frequently ▪ She very rarely complains. ▪ This method is rarely used in modern laboratories. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ WORD CHOICE: rarely, seldom, hardly, scarcely Rarely and seldom both mean not often . Seldom is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rarely — [[t]re͟ə(r)li[/t]] ♦♦♦ ADV BRD NEG: ADV before v, ADV with cl/group If something rarely happens, it does not happen very often. They battled against other Indian tribes, but rarely fought with the whites... I very rarely wear a raincoat because I …   English dictionary

  • rarely — adv. Rarely is used with these adjectives: ↑fatal, ↑used Rarely is used with these verbs: ↑appear, ↑cry, ↑encounter, ↑exceed, ↑feature, ↑grant, ↑impinge, ↑last, ↑match, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • rarely — rare|ly [ rerli ] adverb *** not often: a performance using rarely heard instruments from around the world My mother very rarely wears jewelry …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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