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rarely

Syllabification: rare·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈrerlē
 
/

Definition of rarely in English:

adverb

1Not often; seldom: I rarely drive above 60 mph
More example sentences
  • Boyce clung to Henry like a second skin; he rarely fouled, he seldom needed to.
  • He drives rarely, and then usually from down the pitch, miles into the air.
  • You want to root for them, but their humanity rarely rises above the constant din of insults.
Synonyms
seldom, infrequently, hardly ever, hardly, scarcely, not often;
once in a while, now and then, occasionally
informal once in a blue moon
2 archaic Unusually or remarkably well: you can write rarely now, after all your schooling
2.1To an unusual degree; exceptionally: [as submodifier]: the rarely fine Sheraton bookcase

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