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rate

1
[ reyt ]
/ reɪt /
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noun
verb (used with object), rat·ed, rat·ing.
verb (used without object), rat·ed, rat·ing.
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Idioms about rate

    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

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First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English noun rate “monetary amount, value, estimated amount, proportional part,” fromOld 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

Other definitions for rate (2 of 2)

rate2
[ reyt ]
/ reɪt /

verb (used with or without object), rat·ed, rat·ing.
to chide vehemently; scold.

Origin of rate

2
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”

OTHER WORDS FROM rate

rater, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rate (1 of 2)

rate1
/ (reɪt) /

noun
verb (mainly tr)

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

British Dictionary definitions for rate (2 of 2)

rate2
/ (reɪt) /

verb
(tr) to scold or criticize severely; rebuke harshly

Word Origin for rate

C14: perhaps related to Swedish rata to chide
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Other Idioms and Phrases with rate

rate

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

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