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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Other Words from prorate

proration \ prō-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce prorate (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 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 First, Social Security benefits have never been prorated. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, 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, 8 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 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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