Definition of rate
1 : to rebuke angrily or violently
2 obsolete : to drive away by scolding
: to voice angry reprimands
Origin of rate
First Known Use: 14th century
Simple Definition of rate
: the speed at which something happens over a particular period of time
: the number of times something happens or is done during a particular period of time
: an amount that is paid : a price or amount to be paid that is set according to a scale or standard
Full Definition of rate
2 obsolete : a fixed quantity
3 a : a fixed ratio between two things b : a charge, payment, or price fixed according to a ratio, scale, or standard: as (1) : a charge per unit of a public-service commodity (2) : a charge per unit of freight or passenger service (3) : a unit charge or ratio used in assessing property taxes (4) British : a local tax
4 a : a quantity, amount, or degree of something measured per unit of something else <her typing rate was 80 words per minute> b : an amount of payment or charge based on another amount; specifically : the amount of premium per unit of insurance
5 : relative condition or quality : class
: in any case : anyway
Examples of rate in a sentence
The cold weather meant a slower growing rate for many crops.
At the rate we're moving, it will be morning before we arrive.
People work at different rates.
Gun violence is increasing at an alarming rate.
Snow was falling at a rate of three inches per hour.
There has been a fall in the rate of inflation.
Crime rates have declined in recent years.
What's the interest rate on the loan?
Regular admission to the theater is $12, the student rate is $8, and the rate for senior citizens is $6.
Origin of rate
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin rata, from Latin (pro) rata (parte) according to a fixed proportion
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of rate
1 obsolete : allot
2 a : to set an estimate on : value, esteem <black is rated very high this season> b : to determine or assign the relative rank or class of : grade <rate a seaman> c : to estimate the normal capacity or power of
4 : to fix the amount of premium to be charged per unit of insurance on
5 : to have a right to : deserve <she rated special privileges>
: to enjoy a status of special privilege <really rates with the boss>
First Known Use of rate
Synonym Discussion of rate
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Definition of rate for Students
1 : a price or charge set according to a scale or standard <hotel rates>
2 : the amount of something measured in units of something else or in comparison with others <I can walk at a rate of four miles per hour.>
: in any case <Maybe it's not ten miles, but at any rate it's far.>
Legal Definition of rate
1 : a fixed ratio between two things
2 : a charge, payment, or price fixed according to a ratio, scale, or standard: as a : a charge per unit of a commodity provided by a public utility b : a charge per unit of freight or passenger service — see also joint rate c : a unit charge or ratio used in assessing property taxes
3a : a quantity, amount, or degree of something measured per unit of something else b : an amount of payment or charge based on another amount; specifically : the amount of premium per unit of insurance
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