[proh-reyt, proh-reyt]

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.

Origin of prorate

1855–60, Americanism; partial translation of pro rata
Related formspro·rat·a·ble, adjectivepro·ra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for prorating

apportion, distribute, divide, allot, assess, portion, mete

British Dictionary definitions for prorating



mainly US and Canadian to divide, assess, or distribute (something) proportionately
Derived Formsproratable, adjectiveproration, noun

Word Origin for prorate

C19: from pro rata
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Word Origin and History for prorating



also pro-rate, "divide proportionally," 1860, American English, verb derived from Latin pro rata (parte) (see pro rata). Related: Prorated; prorating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

prorating in Culture


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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