- UK: /reəli/
Usage notesIt 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.
not occurring at a regular interval
abnormally, at infrequent intervals, exiguously, extremely, hardly, hardly ever, here and there, in places, in spots, incredibly, infrequently, little, meagerly, not often, piddlingly, scantily, scarcely, scarcely ever, scrimpily, seldom, seldom if ever, skimpily, sparsely, sparsim, spottily, stingily, uncommon, uncommonly, uncustomarily, unexpectedly, unfrequently, unnaturally, unoften, unordinarily, unusually, very seldom