rarely

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From rare +‎ -ly.

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AdverbEdit

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 notesEdit

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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