Something that is hard to find or doesn’t happen very often might be rare.
We also use "rare" to describe a beefsteak that has not been cooked for very long. A steak ordered rare will be red inside.
Adding an "ly" ending to "rare" creates the adverb "rarely." This has almost the same meaning as "almost never."
Note: The two "r" sounds in the word "rare" might be difficult for some students. If you have trouble with this, click here to practice your "r" sounds.
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The page was first published on September 27, 2012. It was updated on March 29, 2016.