- classification according to grade or rank.
- assigned position in a particular class or grade, or relative standing, as of a ship or a member of the armed forces.
- the credit standing of a person or firm.
- Radio, Television. a percentage indicating the number of listeners to or viewers of a specific program.
- a designated operating limit for a machine, apparatus, etc., as of voltage, load, or frequency, based on specified conditions.
- an amount fixed as a rate.
- British. apportioning of a tax.
- Chiefly British. one of the enlisted personnel in the British navy.
Origin of rating1
- an angry reprimand or rebuke; scolding.
Origin of rating2
- the amount of a charge or payment with reference to some basis of calculation: a high rate of interest on loans.
- 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.
- a fixed charge per unit of quantity: a rate of 10 cents a pound.
- price; cost: to cut rates on all home furnishings.
- degree of speed, progress, etc.: to work at a rapid rate.
- degree or comparative extent of action or procedure: the rate of increase in work output.
- relative condition or quality; grade, class, or sort.
- assigned position in any of a series of graded classes; rating.
- Insurance. the premium charge per unit of insurance.
- a charge by a common carrier for transportation, sometimes including certain services involved in rendering such transportation.
- a wage paid on a specified time basis: a salary figured on an hourly rate.
- a charge or price established in accordance with a scale or standard: hotel rates based on length of stay.
- 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.
- Usually rates. British.
- a tax on property for some local purpose.
- any tax assessed and paid to a local government, as any city tax or district tax.
- to estimate the value or worth of; appraise: to rate a student's class performance.
- to esteem, consider, or account: He was rated one of the best writers around.
- to fix at a certain rate, as of charge or payment.
- to value for purposes of taxation or the like.
- to make subject to the payment of a certain rate or tax.
- to place in a certain rank, class, etc., as a ship or a sailor; give a specific rating to.
- to be considered or treated as worthy of; merit: an event that doesn't even rate a mention in most histories of the period.
- to arrange for the conveyance of (goods) at a certain rate.
- to have value, standing, etc.: a performance that didn't rate very high in the competition.
- to have position in a certain class.
- to rank very high in estimation: The new teacher really rates with our class.
- at any rate,
- in any event; in any case.
- at least: It was a mediocre film, but at any rate there was one outstanding individual performance.
Origin of rate1
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- to chide vehemently; scold.
Origin of rate2
Related Words for ratingappraisal, assessment, category, valuation, class, classification, degree, judgment, standard, tier, level, mark, order, rank, score
Examples from the Web for rating
Contemporary Examples of rating
However, first time Star Wars director J.J. Abrams has never made a film with any other rating.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.The Insane Swedish Plan to Rate Games for Sexism
November 20, 2014
Critics swooned, with the Los Angeles Daily News giving it an “A” rating.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
Generally, the better the rating, the lower the borrowing cost for the issuer.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 9
November 10, 2014
We need leaders at every level — state, local and federal — to understand the lives of women matter more than their NRA rating.Use Your Vote to Take Stand Against Domestic Violence
October 16, 2014
Historical Examples of rating
She stood there waving her hand wildly and rating me for not returning her salaam.The Book of Khalid
Not since he relinquished a mate's rating for that of a master.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Already his record and his rating kept him at base most of the time.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
And all the thanks he gets is a rating from the old housekeeper.Maxim Gorki
First, it will be best to state how the committee arrived at a rating.
- a classification according to order or grade; ranking
- (in certain navies) a sailor who holds neither commissioned nor warrant rank; an ordinary seaman
- sailing a handicap assigned to a racing boat based on its dimensions, sail area, weight, draught, etc
- the estimated financial or credit standing of a business enterprise or individual
- radio television a figure based on statistical sampling indicating what proportion of the total listening and viewing audience tune in to a specific programme or network
- a sharp scolding or rebuke
- a quantity or amount considered in relation to or measured against another quantity or amounta rate of 70 miles an hour
- a price or charge with reference to a standard or scalerate of interest; rate of discount
- (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
- relative quality; class or grade
- (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
- (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
- (tr) to scold or criticize severely; rebuke harshly
Word Origin for rate
1530s, "a fixing of rates," verbal noun from rate (v.2). Meaning "a classification according to rates" is from 1764. Ratings of TV programs, originally radio programs, began 1930 in U.S. under system set up by U.S. pollster and market researcher Archibald M. Crossley (1896-1985), and were called Crossley ratings or Crossleys until ratings began to be preferred c.1947.
"estimated value or worth," early 15c., from Old French rate "price, value" and directly from Medieval Latin rata (pars) "fixed (amount)," from Latin rata "fixed, settled," fem. past participle of reri "to reckon, think" (see reason (n.)). Meaning "degree of speed" (prop. ratio between distance and time) is attested from 1650s. Currency exchange sense first recorded 1727. First-rate, second-rate, etc. are 1640s, from British Navy division of ships into six classes based on size and strength. Phrase at any rate originally (1610s) meant "at any cost;" weakened sense of "at least" is attested by 1760.
"to scold," late 14c., probably from Old French reter "to impute blame, accuse, find fault with," from Latin reputare "to count over, reflect," in Vulgar Latin, "to impute, blame" (see reputation). Related: Rated; rating.
"estimate the worth or value of," mid-15c., from rate (n.). Intransitive sense of "have a certain value, rank, or standing" is from 1809; specifically as "have high value" from 1928. Related: Rated; rating.
- A quantity measured with respect to another measured quantity.
- A measure of a part with respect to a whole; a proportion.
see at any rate; at this rate; x-rated.