Definition of rating
1 : a classification according to grade; specifically : a military or naval specialist classification
2 chiefly British : a naval enlisted man
3a : relative estimate or evaluation : standing the school has a good academic ratingb : an estimate of an individual's or business's credit and responsibilityc : an estimate of the percentage of the public listening to or viewing a particular radio or television program
4 : 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.
First Known Use of rating
RATING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rating for English Language Learners
: a measurement of how good, difficult, efficient, etc., something or someone is
the ratings : numbers that show how many people watch or listen to a particular television or radio program
: a symbol that is officially given to a movie, video game, etc., to tell people what audience it is appropriate for
RATING Defined for Kids
Definition of rating for Students
: a position within a grading system credit rating
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