Rarefy vs Rarely - What's the difference?

rarefy | rarely |


As a verb rarefy

is to make rare, thin, porous, or less dense.

As an adverb rarely is

not occurring at a regular interval; seldom; not often.

rarefy

English

Alternative forms

* rarify

Verb

(en-verb)
  • To make rare, thin, porous, or less dense
  • To expand or enlarge without adding any new portion of matter to.
  • Synonyms

    * stretch

    Antonyms

    * condense

    rarely

    English

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • Not occurring at a regular interval; seldom; not often.
  • We rarely go to the theatre.
    Rarely do you ever find an eagle this far up the river.
  • Unusually well; excellently.
  • To a rare degree; very.
  • *, II.32:
  • others speake very honourably of his life and death, and in all other circumstances declare him to have beene a most excellent and rarely virtuous man.

    Usage notes

    It 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.

    Synonyms

    * barely * hardly * infrequently * once in a while * seldom * sporadically * scarcely

    Antonyms

    * frequently, usually, often