verb (used with object), rat·ed, rat·ing.

verb (used without object), rat·ed, rat·ing.


    at any rate,
    1. in any event; in any case.
    2. at least: It was a mediocre film, but at any rate there was one outstanding individual performance.

Origin of rate

1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English rate monetary value, estimated amount, proportional part < Medieval Latin rata < Latin (prō) ratā (parte) (according to) an estimated (part), ratā ablative singular of rata, feminine of ratus, past participle of rērī to judge; (v.) late Middle English raten to estimate the value (of), derivative of the noun

Synonyms for rate

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British Dictionary definitions for at any rate




a quantity or amount considered in relation to or measured against another quantity or amounta rate of 70 miles an hour
  1. a price or charge with reference to a standard or scalerate of interest; rate of discount
  2. (as modifier)a rate card
a charge made per unit for a commodity, service, etc
See rates
the relative speed of progress or change of something variable; pacehe works at a great rate; the rate of production has doubled
  1. relative quality; class or grade
  2. (in combination)first-rate ideas
statistics a measure of the frequency of occurrence of a given event, such as births and deaths, usually expressed as the number of times the event occurs for every thousand of the total population considered
a wage calculated against a unit of time
the amount of gain or loss of a timepiece
at any rate in any case; at all events; anyway

verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to assign or receive a position on a scale of relative values; rankhe is rated fifth in the world
to estimate the value of; evaluatewe rate your services highly
to be worthy of; deservethis hotel does not rate four stars
to consider; regardI rate him among my friends
British to assess the value of (property) for the purpose of local taxation
slang to think highly ofthe clients do not rate the new system

Word Origin for rate

C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin rata, from Latin prō ratā parte according to a fixed proportion, from ratus fixed, from rērī to think, decide




(tr) to scold or criticize severely; rebuke harshly

Word Origin for rate

C14: perhaps related to Swedish rata to chide
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Word Origin and History for at any rate



"estimated value or worth," early 15c., from Old French rate "price, value" and directly from Medieval Latin rata (pars) "fixed (amount)," from Latin rata "fixed, settled," fem. past participle of reri "to reckon, think" (see reason (n.)). Meaning "degree of speed" (prop. ratio between distance and time) is attested from 1650s. Currency exchange sense first recorded 1727. First-rate, second-rate, etc. are 1640s, from British Navy division of ships into six classes based on size and strength. Phrase at any rate originally (1610s) meant "at any cost;" weakened sense of "at least" is attested by 1760.



"to scold," late 14c., probably from Old French reter "to impute blame, accuse, find fault with," from Latin reputare "to count over, reflect," in Vulgar Latin, "to impute, blame" (see reputation). Related: Rated; rating.



"estimate the worth or value of," mid-15c., from rate (n.). Intransitive sense of "have a certain value, rank, or standing" is from 1809; specifically as "have high value" from 1928. Related: Rated; rating.

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Medicine definitions for at any rate




A quantity measured with respect to another measured quantity.
A measure of a part with respect to a whole; a proportion.
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Idioms and Phrases with at any rate

at any rate

In any event, whatever the case may be; also, at least. For example, At any rate, I promise to be there even if I'm a little late, or It may not pay well, but at any rate it's a job. [Early 1600s] Also see in any case.


see at any rate; at this rate; x-rated.

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