How can I know that the word "rather" is meaning to some degree or excessively in a sentence?
They seem make sense to understand as any one of those two meanings in some examples below.
It's rather(meaning to some degree or excessively ?) expensive.
I rather(meaning to some degree or excessively ?) think he was telling the truth.
And how to use rather when I want to express exactly "to some degree" or "excessively" in a sentence?
In one dictionary:
and another dictionary: