pro·​rate | \ (ˌ)prō-ˈrāt How to pronounce prorate (audio) , 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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proration \ prō-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce proration (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "State employees work less, get paid more under federal coronavirus relief plan," 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,, "Guest TML: Where do messy negotiations between MLB, union leave minor leaguers?," 26 May 2020 First, Social Security benefits have never been prorated. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Save this column: Top 10 Social Security questions," 19 Apr. 2020 Since the oil price crash in March, outgoing Republican TRC commissioner Ryan Sitton has been mulling the possibility of prorating oil; i.e. placing limits on its supply with the ultimate aim of bringing prices back up. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Does Big Oil Need Big Government to Survive?," 8 Apr. 2020 If there’s half a season, service time will be prorated. Susan Slusser,, "A’s mailbag: How would starting an abbreviated season in Arizona work?," 7 Apr. 2020 If the season-long statistics are prorated, Sekera would be on pace to finish an 82-game season with 67.7 games played. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "How the NHL’s suspension could impact Stars’ available salary cap next season," 30 Mar. 2020 There is no indication that their tuition will be prorated or refunded. Anna Goshua, STAT, "Medical students called to the Covid-19 fight need support, protection," 17 Apr. 2020 Final contract totals will be prorated over the number of days that actually take place during the season. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "July Fourth seems like a perfect target date for baseball to return. It’s also a nightmare scenario for MLB owners," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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“Prorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prorate

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

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