[ bih-reyt ]
/ bɪˈreɪt /

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

to scold; rebuke: He berated them in public.

Origin of berate

First recorded in 1540–50; be- + rate2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for berating


/ (bɪˈreɪt) /


(tr) to scold harshly
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Word Origin and History for berating



1540s, from be- "thoroughly" + Middle English rate "to scold" (late 14c.), from Old French reter "accuse, blame," from Latin reputare (see reputation). "Obsolete except in U.S." [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c. Related: Berated; berating.

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