rat·​ing ˈrā-tiŋ How to pronounce rating (audio)
: a classification according to grade
specifically : a military or naval specialist classification
chiefly British : a naval enlisted man
: relative estimate or evaluation : standing
the school has a good academic rating
: an estimate of an individual's or business's credit and responsibility
: an estimate of the percentage of the public listening to or viewing a particular radio or television program
: a stated operating limit of a machine expressible in power units (such as kilowatts of a direct-current generator) or in characteristics (such as voltage)

Examples of rating in a Sentence

The school has an above-average academic rating. The article compares the fuel-economy ratings of various cars.
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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rating was in 1702

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“Rating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rating. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a position within a grading system
credit rating
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