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

verb (used without object), rat·ed, rat·ing.

Nearby words

  1. ratch,
  2. ratchet,
  3. ratchet effect,
  4. ratchet jack,
  5. ratchet wheel,
  6. rate base,
  7. rate card,
  8. rate of exchange,
  9. rate of return,
  10. rate-cap


    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

1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English rate monetary value, estimated amount, proportional part < Medieval Latin rata < Latin (prō) ratā (parte) (according to) an estimated (part), ratā ablative singular of rata, feminine of ratus, past participle of rērī to judge; (v.) late Middle English raten to estimate the value (of), derivative of the noun



verb (used with or without object), rat·ed, rat·ing.

to chide vehemently; scold.

Origin of rate

1350–1400; Middle English (a)raten, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian rata to reject

Related formsrat·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rates


pl n

(in some countries) a tax levied on property by a local authority




a quantity or amount considered in relation to or measured against another quantity or amounta rate of 70 miles an hour
  1. a price or charge with reference to a standard or scalerate of interest; rate of discount
  2. (as modifier)a rate card
a charge made per unit for a commodity, service, etc
See rates
the relative speed of progress or change of something variable; pacehe works at a great rate; the rate of production has doubled
  1. relative quality; class or grade
  2. (in combination)first-rate ideas
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
a wage calculated against a unit of time
the amount of gain or loss of a timepiece
at any rate in any case; at all events; anyway

verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to assign or receive a position on a scale of relative values; rankhe is rated fifth in the world
to estimate the value of; evaluatewe rate your services highly
to be worthy of; deservethis hotel does not rate four stars
to consider; regardI rate him among my friends
British to assess the value of (property) for the purpose of local taxation
slang to think highly ofthe clients do not rate the new system

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




(tr) to scold or criticize severely; rebuke harshly

Word Origin for rate

C14: perhaps related to Swedish rata to chide

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Word Origin and History for rates
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Medicine definitions for rates




A quantity measured with respect to another measured quantity.
A measure of a part with respect to a whole; a proportion.

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Idioms and Phrases with rates


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

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