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 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 Ezon suggests prorating the cost of the home by bedroom size. Shivani Vora, Washington Post, "Going on a ‘friendcation’? Nine tips to ensure you’ll still be speaking after the trip.," 6 Sep. 2019 But current rules under the Department of Housing and Urban Development allow for subsidized rent to be prorated to cover only eligible residents, such as minors who are U.S. citizens. Andrea Castillo,, "L.A. leaders say Trump proposal would boot thousands of immigrants from public housing," 26 June 2019 Under the agreement, the company — which provides water to most of San Jose, Saratoga, Los Gatos and other nearby communities — would refund more than $1.7 million to resolve claims that the company failed to properly prorate charges. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "San Jose Water Company reaches tentative settlement in over-billing investigation," 24 July 2019 The Reds will pick up around $3 million, which is prorated for the final two months of the year. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds claim pitcher Kevin Gausman off waivers from Atlanta Braves," 5 Aug. 2019 Sometimes, the signing bonus ends up being prorated over the length of the contract. Mark Inabinett |, al, "What’s the holdup on Quinnen Williams’ contract with New York Jets?," 18 July 2019 Rent in the final two months will be prorated, based on the annual rent amount. Bob Sandrick,, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools, City of Brecksville sign lease for preschool building at Blossom Hill," 11 June 2019 Johnson signed an eight-year contract with a $16-million signing bonus in 2012 and the bonus was prorated throughout the contract. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' path should be clear: Just give Calvin Johnson back the money," 5 June 2019 Other carriers that don't prorate the final bill after a customer cancels include Verizon FiOS and Charter Spectrum. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T makes it more expensive to cancel DirecTV or Internet service," 3 Dec. 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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9 Oct 2019

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The first known use of prorate was in 1858

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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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to spread as a report or rumor

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