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verb \ˈrāt\

Definition of rate


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to rebuke angrily or violently

  3. 2 obsolete :  to drive away by scolding

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to voice angry reprimands

Origin of rate

Middle English

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

  1. 1 a :  reckoned value :  valuation b obsolete :  estimation

  2. 2 obsolete :  a fixed quantity

  3. 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. 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. 5 :  relative condition or quality :  class

at any rate
  1. :  in any case :  anyway

Examples of rate

  1. The cold weather meant a slower growing rate for many crops.

  2. At the rate we're moving, it will be morning before we arrive.

  3. People work at different rates.

  4. Gun violence is increasing at an alarming rate.

  5. Snow was falling at a rate of three inches per hour.

  6. There has been a fall in the rate of inflation.

  7. Crime rates have declined in recent years.

  8. What's the interest rate on the loan?

  9. 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. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  allot

  3. 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. 3 :  consider, regard <was rated an excellent pianist>

  5. 4 :  to fix the amount of premium to be charged per unit of insurance on

  6. 5 :  to have a right to :  deserve <she rated special privileges>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to enjoy a status of special privilege <really rates with the boss>

15th Century

First Known Use of rate

15th century

Synonym Discussion of rate

estimate, appraise, evaluate, value, rate, assess mean to judge something with respect to its worth or significance. estimate implies a judgment, considered or casual, that precedes or takes the place of actual measuring or counting or testing out <estimated the crowd at two hundred>. appraise commonly implies the fixing by an expert of the monetary worth of a thing, but it may be used of any critical judgment <having their house appraised>. evaluate suggests an attempt to determine relative or intrinsic worth in terms other than monetary <evaluate a student's work>. value equals appraise but without implying expertness of judgment <a watercolor valued by the donor at $500>. rate adds to estimate the notion of placing a thing according to a scale of values <a highly rated restaurant>. assess implies a critical appraisal for the purpose of understanding or interpreting, or as a guide in taking action <officials are trying to assess the damage>.

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈrāt\

Medical Definition of rate

  1. 1:  a fixed ratio between two things

  2. 2:  a quantity, amount, or degree of something measured per unit of something else—see death rate, heart rate, metabolic rate, pulse rate, sedimentation rate

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