Rare definitions

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The definition of rare is something that exists in limited quantities, that is unusually good, or meat that is not cooked until it is well done.

An example of rare is true love, which is hard to find.

An example of rare is a print by Picasso, of which there are few.

An example of rare is when someone has unusual skill in sport.

An example of rare is a steak that is still pink in the middle.

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Infrequently occurring; uncommon.

A rare event; a plant that is rare in this region.

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Excellent; extraordinary.

A rare sense of honor.

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Thin in density; rarefied.

Rare air.

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Not frequently encountered; scarce; unusual.
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Unusually good; excellent.

A rare scholar.

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Not dense; thin; tenuous.

Rare atmosphere.

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Not close together; scattered.
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Not completely cooked; underdone; partly raw.
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To be eager, enthusiastic, etc.

Raring to go.

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(cooking, particularly meats) Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense).
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Black pearls are very rare and therefore, very valuable.

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(of a gas) Thin; of low density.
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(US, intransitive) To rear, rise up, start backwards.
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(US) To rear, bring up, raise.
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(obsolete) Early.
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Cooked just a short time so as to retain juice and redness.

A rare steak.

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Origin of rare

From Middle English rare, from Old French rare, rere (“rare, uncommon"), from Latin rārus (“loose, spaced apart, thin, infrequent"), from Proto-Indo-European *er(e)-, *rÄ“- (“friable, thin"). Replaced native Middle English gesen ("rare, scarce"; from Old English gÇ£sne), Middle English seld ("rare, uncommon"; from Old English selden), and Middle English seldsene ("rare, rarely seen, infrequent"; from Old Norse sialdsÄ“nn; See seldsome).