Would prefer (to do something); would be more inclined or willing (to do something). I would rather go see a movie, to be honest, but we can go dancing if you like. She said she would rather not talk to you right now.
See also: rather
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would rather... (than)would prefer to: She’d rather die than give a speech. ♢ ‘Do you want to come with us?’ ‘No, I’d rather not.’ ♢ Would you rather walk or go by car? ♢ ‘Do you mind if I smoke?’ ‘I’d rather you didn’t.’
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