pro·​rate (ˌ)prō-ˈrāt How to pronounce prorate (audio)
prorated; prorating

transitive verb

: to divide, distribute, or assess proportionately

intransitive verb

: to make a pro rata distribution
proration noun

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Many major trucking companies don’t prorate their charges, meaning a driver who leaves on Day 1 after training would owe the same amount as one let go the day before fulfilling the contract. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Some couples elect to have the same stipend, while others prorate based on incomes or needs. Erin Lowry, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2020 Next year, the Cowboys could restructure his contract, converting part of his 2022 base salary into even more bonus money that would prorate through the 2026 season. Jonas Shaffer,, 8 July 2021 Adding another dummy year would allow the $16 million to prorate across five years instead of four, freeing up $12.8 million rather than $12 million. David Moore, Dallas News, 4 Mar. 2021 The bonus money will prorate against the cap across four seasons, producing $7.5 million in cap space for the Cowboys in 2021. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 8 Mar. 2021 The village will prorate the annual liquor and gaming license fees to help restaurants and bars that were closed under state mandates. Michelle Mullins,, 29 Oct. 2020 If the program was prorated, and state employees received only $120 (one-fifth of $600), the weekly cost would be $3.7 million, or nearly $15 million less. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 31 May 2020 But revenue of local TV contracts, even if prorated, and the windfall from the national TV deal, especially the postseason piece, remain as revenue streams. Dave Clark,, 26 May 2020 See More

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Word History


pro rata

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of prorate was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Prorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



pro·​rate (ˈ)prō-ˈrāt How to pronounce prorate (audio)
prorated; prorating
: to divide or spread proportionately
prorate a weekly wage for three days of work
proration noun
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