verb pro·rate \(ˌ)prō-ˈrāt, ˈprō-ˌ\

: to calculate (something) according to the specific amount that someone has done, used, etc.


Full Definition of PRORATE

transitive verb
:  to divide, distribute, or assess proportionately
intransitive verb
:  to make a pro rata distribution
pro·ra·tion \prō-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Examples of PRORATE

  1. The player's annual salary was prorated because he only played for the last three months of the season.
  2. <shares in the company's profits were prorated according to the workers' length of service>

Origin of PRORATE

pro rata
First Known Use: 1860


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