rat·​er | \ ˈrā-tər How to pronounce rater (audio) \

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 combinationfirst-rater

Examples of rater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company, which has piled on debt over the past decade and now has liabilities of more than $1 billion, missed a debt payment on December 31, putting it in default, according to both Moody's and credit rater Standard & Poor's. CBS News, "Trump says four U.S. embassies were targeted in attack planned by Qassem Soleimani," 10 Jan. 2020 Delinquent payments are reported to the credit raters, which can hurt credit scores. Benjamin Powers, WSJ, "A Digital Savings Club That Aims to Boost Your Spending Power," 9 Aug. 2018 Google says its has instructed its human raters to prioritize news reports that display a high degree of skill, time and effort. Marie C. Baca, Washington Post, "Google and Facebook’s latest efforts to ‘save’ journalism are already getting eye rolls," 13 Sep. 2019 Independent raters from Gibson Consulting assigned students’ responses a score of zero to two using a three-level rubric. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "A new Stanford study shows young US 2020 voters are really bad at spotting fake news," 19 Nov. 2019 The raters assessed each one’s looks on a scale from 1 (not at all cute/very unattractive) to 5 (very cute/very attractive). Washington Post, "Which students perform better in school? A study says the better-looking ones excel.," 2 Nov. 2019 Including Maxim, the company would generate about $250 million in annual earnings, according to bond rater Moody's. oregonlive, "Death and deals: Sick children suffer, private equity profits," 26 Oct. 2019 Investors hope that allowing the global raters to operate could help improve the quality of the local ratings industry, which has long been criticized for being overly lenient with debtors. Shen Hong, WSJ, "S&P Rating Is Landmark for Chinese Bond Market," 11 July 2019 Calhoun County Controller Kelli Scott said going with only S&P allowed the county to save costs associated with paying another rater. Gunjan Banerji And Heather Gillers, WSJ, "U.S. Cities Look to Shed Ratings While Taking On More Debt," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of rater

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rater.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raters. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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