[ proh-reyt, proh-reyt ]
/ proʊˈreɪt, ˈproʊˌreɪt /
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verb (used without object), pro·rat·ed, pro·rat·ing.
to make an arrangement on a basis of proportional distribution.
verb (used with object), pro·rat·ed, pro·rat·ing.
to divide, distribute, or calculate proportionately.
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Origin of prorate
An Americanism first recorded in 1855–60; partial translation of pro rata
OTHER WORDS FROM proratepro·rat·a·ble, adjectivepro·ra·tion [proh-rey-shuhn], /ˌproʊˈreɪ ʃən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for prorate
/ (prəʊˈreɪt, ˈprəʊreɪt) /
mainly US and Canadian to divide, assess, or distribute (something) proportionately
Derived forms of prorateproratable, adjectiveproration, noun
Word Origin for prorate
C19: from pro rata
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Cultural definitions for prorate
To divide or distribute a sum of money proportionately. For example, if one owned an automobile for only three months, an insurance company would prorate the annual premium by charging only one-quarter of it.
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