rat·​ing | \ ˈrā-tiŋ How to pronounce rating (audio) \

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 Fever ranked last in defensive rating (111.8) and allowed a league-worst 89.5 points per game. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever focusing on improving defensively during training camp," 26 Apr. 2021 Biden’s received his highest approval rating – 64% - for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his lowest, 37%, for dealing with the immigration situation at the U.S./Mexico border. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Biden approval rating at 100 days: 52% is third-lowest since Harry Truman," 26 Apr. 2021 At present, just 10 million of Britain’s 29 million homes qualify for a ‘C’ rating. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Increasing the Capital-Gains Tax — Penalizing Initiative, Enterprise, and Not Just ‘the Rich’," 23 Apr. 2021 An important requirement for being Google Screened is to get and maintain a three-star rating on Google (at minimum). Danny Star, Forbes, "One Thing About Search Engine Rankings Business Owners Don’t Realize," 20 Apr. 2021 On compensation alone, ISS gave J&J a rating of 9, close to its lowest. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Illinois and OxFam ask shareholders to reject Johnson & Johnson CEO's $30 million payday," 19 Apr. 2021 The Wings also ranked second to last in both defensive rating (108.0) and points allowed in the paint (40.5). Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas' Charli Collier has the look of No. 1 WNBA pick," 12 Apr. 2021 Overall, that’s a 102 offensive rating, one of those reminders that a lot of points is not necessarily a terrific offensive night. The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: Jazz disappoint defensively, Mitchell reads need work in loss to Wizards," 12 Apr. 2021 Respondents anticipated a recovery in profits over the next year with around 46% of CFOs rating the level of economic uncertainty as high or very high, down from 71% the previous quarter. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, "Spring is in the air: U.K. IPOs pick up, companies predict recovery and shoppers return," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of rating

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Apr 2021

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


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Kids Definition of rating

: a position within a grading system credit rating

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