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

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 Of course, the Dolphins could offer less signing bonus (say $40 million signing bonus which prorates out to $8 million per year), but why haggle? Omar Kelly, Miami Herald, 8 May 2024 They will also get prorated April rent as well as their entire deposit. Noelle Alviz-Gransee, Kansas City Star, 26 Apr. 2024 The truth of it is, getting Aiyuk aboard with an extension will likely decrease his cap number from $14.1 million this season because the bonus money will be prorated and the first-year salary will be low. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 Assuming Rivers’ salary is prorated, the team could be paying Rivers, Adrian Griffin (approximately $4 million) and Mike Budenholzer ($8 million) roughly $17 million this season. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2024 But since salary cap hits are prorated, Labanc’s will only be around $1 million by the first week of March. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 After that, the reduction will be prorated, Prang’s office said. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 That saved the Angels $426,000 (per the CBA, the claiming team need only pay the MLB minimum, prorated for the remainder of the season). Dan Freedman, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Rice will receive an annual retainer of $300,000 as compensation for her service as Netflix director, which will be payable monthly and prorated for the remainder of 2023. Todd Spangler, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023

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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 13 Jun. 2024.

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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