Adjective "Rare" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often.
  1. with infinitive 'it's rare to see a house so little altered'
  2. 'The condition is so rare it only affects a handful of women in the world each year.'
  3. 'Olivia suffers from two rare conditions which severely restrict almost everything she does.'
  4. 'They donated Vicki's heart for research so that experts can learn more about the rare condition.'
  5. 'The condition is rare and is caused by the inheritance of an abnormal gene from an affected parent.'
  6. 'In this day and age, it's a rare event due to the stormwater engineering in our cities.'
  7. 'It is a very rare condition in Samantha's age group and she is one of only a few teenagers in the country to have it.'
  8. 'This very rare condition stops the nerve fibres from sending a signal to the brain.'
  9. 'She was diagnosed with a rare condition that inflamed her liver at just six weeks old.'
  10. 'I think you can get depression off the drug, although I still think it is a very rare event.'
  11. 'Live Aid was a stadium concert held at a time when giant outdoor events were rare.'
  12. 'Students were lucky to spot rare species of plants, giant squirrels and wild mushrooms.'
  13. 'The locally and regionally important grassland nature reserve is home to a range of rare insects and plants.'
  14. 'These trees will help to provide shelter and food for birds including the rare black grouse.'
  15. 'Ituri is a rare ecosystem possessing plants and animals that exist nowhere else on earth.'
  16. 'They revel in observing rare plants and animals and some groups even book hunting trips.'
  17. 'Thieves will jump the fence more easily and take away some of the rare plants.'
  18. 'Yet the site is also home to rare mammals such as water voles and rare plants such as pepper saxifrage.'
  19. 'Kent saw large numbers of common birds and higher than normal counts of scarce and rare wintering birds.'
  20. 'They are too rare and valuable a bird to be hawked about with the rest of your menagerie.'
  21. 'A lone pair of marsh warblers, an extremely rare and tiny bird, has also bred at the centre.'
  22. 'he plays with rare sensitivity'
  23. 'For the rare or unusual gift, a trip round the antique or second-hand shops and a little imagination is all you need.'
  24. 'For the most part, though, the game is still in a position of rare strength.'


(of meat, especially beef) lightly cooked, so that the inside is still red.
  1. 'Stephen likes his steak rare'
  2. 'It is the sort of place I might take my grandfather for a rare steak and a bottle of Chateau Neuf de Pape.'
  3. 'To them, it tastes as good as medium rare steak.'
  4. 'The meat was tasty and cooked perfectly to my medium rare specification.'
  5. 'Top with slices of rare roast beef, then lettuce leaves, then tomato slices.'
  6. 'Why should I be obliged to trade my rare steak for some fool's chicken Kiev?'
  7. 'This was sent back to the kitchen as the rare steak was overcooked and the sauce was burnt.'
  8. 'The spicy beef was rare and served with green mango and coriander, but lacked any real zing.'
  9. 'Patty was so mad because she had ordered a well done steak only to get one that was very red and rare.'


1. coming or occurring far apart in time; unusual; uncommon: a rare disease; His visits are rare occasions.

2. thinly distributed over an area; few and widely separated: Lighthouses are rare on that part of the coast.

3. having the component parts not closely compacted together; not dense: rare gases; lightheaded from the rare mountain air.

4. unusually great: a rare display of courage.

5. unusually excellent; admirable; fine: She showed rare tact in in

More examples(as adjective)

"sources can be rare in places."

"violences can be rare in places."

"transplants can be rare in places."

"transplants can be rare because of laws."

"protests can be rare in places."

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(rare)Late 18th century: variant of obsolete rear ‘half-cooked’ (used to refer to soft-boiled eggs, from the mid 17th to mid 19th centuries).