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[ reyt ]


  1. the amount of a charge or payment with reference to some basis of calculation:

    a high rate of interest on loans.

  2. a certain quantity or amount of one thing considered in relation to a unit of another thing and used as a standard or measure:

    at the rate of 60 miles an hour.

  3. a fixed charge per unit of quantity:

    a rate of 10 cents a pound.

  4. to cut rates on all home furnishings.

  5. degree of speed, progress, etc.:

    to work at a rapid rate.

    Synonyms: tempo, pace

  6. degree or comparative extent of action or procedure:

    the rate of increase in work output.

  7. relative condition or quality; grade, class, or sort.
  8. assigned position in any of a series of graded classes; rating.
  9. Insurance. the premium charge per unit of insurance.
  10. a charge by a common carrier for transportation, sometimes including certain services involved in rendering such transportation.
  11. a wage paid on a specified time basis:

    a salary figured on an hourly rate.

  12. a charge or price established in accordance with a scale or standard:

    hotel rates based on length of stay.

  13. Horology. the relative adherence of a timepiece to perfect timekeeping, measured in terms of the amount of time gained or lost within a certain period.
  14. Usually rates. British.
    1. a tax on property for some local purpose.
    2. any tax assessed and paid to a local government, as any city tax or district tax.

verb (used with object)

, rat·ed, rat·ing.
  1. to estimate the value or worth of; appraise:

    to rate a student's class performance.

    Synonyms: measure, classify, rank

  2. to esteem, consider, or account:

    He was rated one of the best writers around.

  3. to fix at a certain rate, as of charge or payment.
  4. to value for purposes of taxation or the like.
  5. to make subject to the payment of a certain rate or tax.
  6. to place in a certain rank, class, etc., as a ship or a sailor; give a specific rating to.
  7. to be considered or treated as worthy of; merit:

    an event that doesn't even rate a mention in most histories of the period.

  8. to arrange for the conveyance of (goods) at a certain rate.

verb (used without object)

, rat·ed, rat·ing.
  1. to have value, standing, etc.:

    a performance that didn't rate very high in the competition.

  2. to have position in a certain class.
  3. to rank very high in estimation:

    The new teacher really rates with our class.



[ reyt ]

verb (used with or without object)

, rat·ed, rat·ing.
  1. to chide vehemently; scold.



/ reɪt /


  1. a quantity or amount considered in relation to or measured against another quantity or amount

    a rate of 70 miles an hour

    1. a price or charge with reference to a standard or scale

      rate of interest

      rate of discount

    2. ( as modifier )

      a rate card

  2. a charge made per unit for a commodity, service, etc
  3. See rates
  4. the relative speed of progress or change of something variable; pace

    the rate of production has doubled

    he works at a great rate

    1. relative quality; class or grade
    2. ( in combination )

      first-rate ideas

  5. 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
  6. a wage calculated against a unit of time
  7. the amount of gain or loss of a timepiece
  8. at any rate
    in any case; at all events; anyway
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  1. also intr to assign or receive a position on a scale of relative values; rank

    he is rated fifth in the world

  2. to estimate the value of; evaluate

    we rate your services highly

  3. to be worthy of; deserve

    this hotel does not rate four stars

  4. to consider; regard

    I rate him among my friends

  5. to assess the value of (property) for the purpose of local taxation
  6. slang.
    to think highly of

    the clients do not rate the new system

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/ reɪt /


  1. tr to scold or criticize severely; rebuke harshly
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Word History and Origins

Origin of rate1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English noun rate “monetary amount, value, estimated amount, proportional part,” from Old French rate and Medieval Latin rata, from Latin (prō) ratā (parte) “(according to) an estimated (part),” ratā ablative singular of rata, feminine of ratus, past participle of rērī “to judge”; verb derivative of the noun

Origin of rate2

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English raten, araten; further origin uncertain; perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian rata “to reject, cast aside”; or from Old French rateir, raiter, reter “to find fault with, blame”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of rate1

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

Origin of rate2

C14: perhaps related to Swedish rata to chide
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. 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.

More idioms and phrases containing rate

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

If Republican-run Mississippi, with its Covid-19 death rate of 93 per 100,000, was a country, it would be in the top three globally, after San Marino and Peru.

From Vox

Founders Pledge estimates that a donation to this group would avert CO2 at a rate of $1 per metric ton.

From Vox

Publishers are broadly seeing upticks in programmatic ads rates over the last two months.

From Digiday

The region will fall to the worst tier of the state’s reopening system if the high rate continues for another week.

San Diego County’s coronavirus case rate is now surging, thanks in part to rising cases at San Diego State University.

Historically the reelection rate for members of Congress is in the area of 95 percent.

With a mortality rate of 70 percent, the more cases that arise, the deadlier this epidemic becomes.

The accident rate in Asia has marred what was in 2014 a banner year for aviation safety.

At any rate, policy can enforce equal rights and foster equal opportunity.

Albuquerque Economic Development, a private non-profit, estimates the five year growth rate at almost double the U.S. in general.

In future years the poor-rate (so-called) will include, in addition to these, all other rates levyable by the Corporation.

At any rate his stirring advice and the dispatches he brought roused the military authorities at Meerut into activity.

If we turn again in a new direction, it will at any rate not be in the direction of a return to autocratic mediævalism.

Of course he was contemplating the application of a "two year old hickory," as he went on at the rate of two forty.

His arm was drawn around the drum, and finally his whole body was drawn over the shaft, at a fearful rate.


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