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rare in English:

1. scarce


Oil deposits will have become scarce by 2050.
money/water became scarce
It is the ultimate scarce resource, the one planet that we share.
A seller's market is a market in which goods are relatively scarce, buyers have a limited range of choice, and prices are high.
The violence and injustice of the rulers of mankind is an ancient evil, for which, I am afraid, the nature human affairs can scarce admit a remedy.
Records are particularly scarce for this era, perhaps owing to a long series of natural disasters which befell the capital.
And the demand for cheap produce often encourages wasteful use of scarce water resources.
University places are scarce in China and many students go abroad to study.
scarce resources
An interscise in the wall where scarce a knife blade would have gone. Good teachers are really scarce.
We need to talk to the management. We have scarce resources to start the project.
I need you to make yourself scarce.
if sth is scarce, there is not enough of it and it is only available is small quantities
as raw materials became scarce, synthetics were developed
In today's world, possessions are plentiful, but time is scarce.

English word "rare"(scarce) occurs in sets:

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2. few and far between


Houses that are both central and reasonably priced are few and far between.

English word "rare"(few and far between) occurs in sets:

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3. not occurring very often



4. not common or usual



English word "rare"(not common or usual) occurs in sets:

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5. seldom


My son seldom
In our country we seldom open gifts in the presence of the giver.
A fat man seldom dislikes anybody very hard or for very long.
Barter, however, was a very unsatisfactory system because people's needs seldom matched exactly.
If you always travel by subway, you seldom surface other than at your stop.
The trouble with him is that he is seldom punctual.
I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
Such a man does not go hunting and seldom owns a gun.
Living, as I do, in the country, I seldom have visitors.
Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.
Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least.
People are most angry when they feel they are being mocked. That's why those who are confident in themselves seldom become angry.
It is a matter of common knowledge that a man of genius is seldom successful in his own lifetime.
My grandmother used to go out for a walk almost every day, but now she seldom, if ever, goes out.
Seldom have human beings experienced such a disaster.

6. unusual


That's unusual.
Valencia is famous for its unusual architecture.
You don't have to come up with an unusual topic for your speech.
In the case of patient death during the course of medical treatment, even if there is medical error present, it is not automatically legally considered to be an "unusual death."
Innovation has something to do with the faculty to notice unusual phenomena.
That's an unusual hobby she's got, the transfer student. "She's cute so it's fine with me."
Some clarinetists use clarinets tuned to A instead of B flat in passages which would otherwise be written in unusual keys.
In an unusual move, this school's big band uses slide trumpets and valve trombones exclusively.
But in many ways, the bird called Alex is unusual, for it has shown the kind of mental abilities that scientists once thought only humans had.
Engagement gifts should always be unusual and special to honour the occasion.
creepiest, most unusual person I've ever met.
If something is unusual, it does not happen very often or you do not see it or hear it very often(2) If you describe someone as unusual, you think that they are interesting and different from other people
1. Everything here is so unusual. / 2. It is not so unusual.
The unusual architecture of Astana makes it look like a space-age city.
You cant find some really unusual things in this shop.

English word "rare"(unusual) occurs in sets:

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7. common


A common way to finance a budget deficit is to issue bonds.
in common
Unless otherwise decided by the directors, if the company has a common seal and it is affixed to a document, the document must also be signed by at least one authorised person in the presence of a witness who attests the signature.
Mathematicians have this in common with the French: whatever you're trying to say to them, they take it and translate it in their own way and turn it around into something completely different.
It really is a nice theory. The only defect I think it has is probably common to all philosophical theories. It's wrong.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes, we can.
While the easiest way in metaphysics is to condemn all metaphysics as nonsense, the easiest way in morals is to elevate the common practice of the community into a moral absolute.
In a country where individualism is more common, personal objections to smoking in public are usually respected.
If you listen to great music even the most common things become something magnificent.
One can even buy a so-called Religion, which is really but common morality sanctified with flowers and music. Rob the Church of her accessories and what remains behind?
The verb 'help' takes to-infinitives and bare infinitives but bare infinitives are said to be the most common in casual text; as also used in this example sentence.
In most people's eyes she was nothing more than a common criminal. We are working together for a common purpose. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in this country.

English word "rare"(common) occurs in sets:

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