rat·​er | \ˈrā-tər \

Definition of rater 

1 : one that rates specifically : a person who estimates or determines a rating

2 : one having a specified rating or class usually used in combination first-rater

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And even when other charity raters have tried to come up with better metrics, overhead has continued to get a lot of airtime. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "One of the most frequently used criteria for judging a charity is also one of the worst," 27 Nov. 2018 China, whose sovereign rating from the world’s largest credit raters is three or four notches below that of the U.S., is generally seen as having very little default risk, thanks to its large stash of foreign reserves and trade surplus. Manju Dalal, WSJ, "China’s $3 Billion Bond Sale Defies Global Markets Slump," 11 Oct. 2018 Finally, Gilbert’s team prepared hundreds of mock research proposals, which were designed—and verified by independent raters—to range from ethical to ambiguous to unethical. Helen Shen, Scientific American, "The Despondent Mind: Are Our Brains Wired for Doom and Gloom?," 28 June 2018 All the major political race raters and CNN put this contest in the solid Democratic column. Harry Enten, CNN, "Senate races in swing states like Virginia make it clear: This is a Democratic year," 12 June 2018 Apocalypse Later Turnaround firms, credit raters and distressed-debt specialists have been forecasting a default spike for the past two years, only to see the apocalypse repeatedly rescheduled. Cecile Gutscher, Bloomberg.com, "With Little Distress to Feast On, Here's How Vulture Funds Cope," 16 May 2018 The surveys, Wikipedia, and additional raters are just going to make certain problems less visible. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "Up Next: A Better Recommendation System," 11 Apr. 2018 For example, software code written by women is routinely rated as higher quality by male engineers — unless the raters know who wrote it. Nell Scovell, Time, "Letterman Veteran Nell Scovell: There's Nothing Funny About How Women Are Treated in Comedy," 23 Mar. 2018 Further analysis showed that all six of those facial cues influenced raters' perception of a person's health. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "Even if you don't know you're sick yet, your face will give you away," 5 Jan. 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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