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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 rating
b : an estimate of an individual's or business's credit and responsibility
c : 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The professor is apparently well liked by students at the school, garnering a rating of 4.8 out of 5 on the professor review site RateMyProfessors.com. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "White professor sues college, claiming he's paid less than black colleagues," 1 Apr. 2021 All four went for first downs, earning him a perfect quarterback rating and QBR. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Why the Browns’ Jarvis Landry is still one of the best slot receivers in the NFL -- Film Review," 31 Mar. 2021 Before it was removed, the Trezor app had 155 reviews on the App Store for a rating of close to five stars, according to App Figures, the analytics firm. Washington Post, "He believed Apple’s App Store was safe. Then a fake app stole his life savings in bitcoin.," 30 Mar. 2021 The following wing is significantly worse, with a Scoville rating of 635,000. Anna Chan, Billboard, "Maya Rudolph's Beyonce Heats Up on 'SNL's 'Hot Ones' Parody: 'I Still Can't Tell If This Is Beneath Me'," 28 Mar. 2021 In 10 games with nine starts as a rookie, Tagovailoa completed 186-of-290 passes for 1,814 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions for a passing-efficiency rating of 87.1. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "New Miami QB ready to ‘be a good teammate’ to Tua Tagovailoa," 25 Mar. 2021 Complete with a near-perfect rating from more than 500 Tory Burch shoppers, these warm-weather flats are available in four classic hues: New Cream, Dust Storm, Perfect Black and Goan Sand. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "A huge spring sale just launched at Tory Burch with deals galore," 23 Mar. 2021 With a nearly perfect five-star rating, the Jamie Fray Skinny Jeans were designed to be your go-to pair regardless of what's on your schedule. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, "40 Of The Best Jeans For Women, In Every Size And Style," 10 Mar. 2021 That’s not the only accolade the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has received; it’s also been given a perfect 5-star rating from past travelers on TripAdvisor, as well as being named the No. 1 hotel in the Nuevo Vallarta area. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "TripAdvisor’s top all-inclusive resorts for your next vacation," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rating

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Apr 2021

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“Rating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rating. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rating

: a measurement of how good, difficult, efficient, etc., something or someone is
: 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


rat·​ing | \ ˈrā-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of rating

: a position within a grading system credit rating

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