pro·​rate | \(ˌ)prō-ˈrāt, ˈprō-ˌrāt\
prorated; prorating

Definition of prorate 

transitive verb

: to divide, distribute, or assess proportionately

intransitive verb

: to make a pro rata distribution

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Other Words from prorate

proration \ prō-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun

Examples of prorate in a Sentence

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

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The process required a complex conversion to a dollar amount for cars, and bank statements from the third-party credit card holder had to be submitted to the housing authority to prorate a percentage toward the family's income. Jeff Landa,, "Glendale updates, streamlines its Section 8 housing plan," 11 Apr. 2018 Miller also said developer fees should be prorated by size, since currently big and small units face the same fee, leading to no incentive to build smaller, less expensive units. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Real estate expert talks about potential impact of rent control," 12 July 2018 Here is a look at his statistics prorated to 36 minutes. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "How the Pacers cut Lance Stephenson and he signed to play with LeBron James," 2 July 2018 Salaries are prorated for days spent on an NBA G League roster. Scooby Axson,, "G League Players To Receive Salary Increase," 17 Apr. 2018 His share awards will be prorated in line with the plan rules and will vest over the next five years, to the extent that performance targets are met. Fortune, "WPP CEO Martin Sorrell Resigns From Ad Empire Amid Allegations of Misconduct," 15 Apr. 2018 His share awards will be prorated in line with the plan rules and will vest over the next five years, to the extent that performance targets are met. Joe Mayes,, "WPP CEO Sorrell quits after three decades at top of ad world," 15 Apr. 2018 His stock option awards will be prorated and will vest over the next five years, based on the achievement of the company’s performance targets, WPP said. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "WPP Chief Executive Martin Sorrell Steps Down," 14 Apr. 2018 Dodge, who quarterbacked Carroll to a UIL state title in 2006, is on a 207-day contract that is prorated for the current school year with a start date of March 27, Carroll spokesperson Julie Thannum said in a text on Wednesday. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Here's what Riley Dodge will be making as Southlake Carroll head football coach | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of prorate

1858, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for prorate

pro rata

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English Language Learners Definition of prorate

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

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