Meaning of RARE in English

RARE

(~r, ~st)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

Something that is ~ is not common and is therefore interesting or valuable.

...the black-necked crane, one of the ~st species in the world...

She collects ~ plants...

? common

ADJ

2.

An event or situation that is ~ does not occur very often.

...on those ~ occasions when he did eat alone...

Heart attacks were extremely ~ in babies, he said...

= uncommon

? common

ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf

3.

You use ~ to emphasize an extremely good or remarkable quality.

Ferris has a ~ ability to record her observations on paper...

ADJ: ADJ n emphasis

4.

Meat that is ~ is cooked very lightly so that the inside is still red.

Thick tuna steaks are eaten ~, like beef...

ADJ

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