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Dictionary Definition

rate

Noun

1 amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis; "a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5" [syn: charge per unit]
2 a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit; "they traveled at a rate of 55 miles per hour"; "the rate of change was faster than expected"
3 the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated" [syn: pace]

Verb

1 assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide" [syn: rank, range, order, grade, place]
2 be worthy of or have a certain rating; "This bond rates highly"
3 estimate the value of; "How would you rate his chances to become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the Romans" [syn: value]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • , /ɹeɪt/, /r\eIt/,
Rhymes with: -eɪt

Etymology 1

, from rata, from prō ratā parte "according to a fixed part", from ratus "fixed", from rērī "consider, decide".

Noun

  1. An amount measured in relation to another amount.
    The car was travelling at a rate of speed of fifty kilometres per hour.
  2. A price or fee determined in relation to a particular scale or standard.
    The central bank sets an interest rate.
  3. A price per unit for a service or product.
    Postal rates here are low.
  4. The relative speed of change or progress.
    The rate of production at the factory is skyrocketing.
  5. A measure of the frequency of a given event, typically expressed as the number of occurrences of the event for every thousand or hundred thousand people in the total population considered.
    The mortality rate in the country was unusually high.
  6. Wages calculated in relation to a unit of time.
    The pay rate is ten dollars per hour.
  7. A level of quality.
    This textbook is first rate.
Translations
an amount measured in relation to another amount
a price or fee determined in relation to a particular scale or standard
a price per unit for a service or product
relative speed
statistics: a measure of the frequency of a given event
wages calculated in relation to a unit of time
a level of quality
  • Japanese: 級
Translations to be checked
Ratio
See also

Verb

  1. To assign or be assigned a particular rank or level.
    She is rated fourth in the country.
  2. To evaluate or estimate the value of.
    They rate his talents highly.
  3. To consider or regard.
    He rated this book brilliant.
  4. To deserve; to be worth.
    The view here hardly rates a mention in the travel guide.
  5. To determine the limits of safe functioning for a machine or electrical device.
    The transformer is rated at 10 watts.
  6. (chiefly ) To evaluate a property's value for the purposes of local taxation.
  7. To like; to think highly of.
    The customers don't rate the new burgers.
  8. To have position (in a certain class).
    She rates among the most excellent chefs in the world.
    He rates as the best cyclist in the country.
  9. To have value or standing.
    This last performance of her's didn't rate very high with the judges.

Etymology 2

Verb

  1. To berate.
Translations
See to berate.

French

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. The spleen.

Verb

  1. (third person singular present tense form of rater) Fails or misses (sense 5).

German

Verb

rate
  1. Imperative of raten.
    Rate mal wer gerade gekommen ist! - Guess who's just arrived.

Noun

rate
  1. A raft.

Italian

Noun

rate
  1. Plural of rata

Extensive Definition

Rate or rates may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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