Definitions for ratereɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ratereɪt(n.; v.)rat•ed, rat•ing.

  1. (n.)the amount of a charge or payment with reference to some basis of calculation:

    a high rate of interest on loans.

  2. a certain amount of one thing considered in relation to a unit of another thing :

    at the rate of 60 miles an hour.

  3. a fixed charge per unit of quantity:

    a rate of 10 cents a pound.

  4. degree of speed or progress:

    to work at a rapid rate.

  5. assigned position in any of a series of graded classes; rating.

  6. the premium charge per unit of insurance.

    Category: Business

  7. a charge by a common carrier for transportation.

  8. a wage paid on a specified time basis:

    an hourly rate.

  9. (v.t.)to estimate the value or worth of; appraise.

  10. to esteem, consider, or account:

    He is rated a fine writer.

  11. to fix at a certain rate, as of charge or payment.

  12. to value for purposes of taxation or the like.

  13. to make subject to the payment of a certain rate or tax.

  14. to place in a certain rank or class, as a ship or a sailor.

  15. (v.i.)to have value or standing:

    a performance that didn't rate very high.

Idioms for rate:

  1. at any rate, in any event; in any case. at least.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of rate:

1375–1425; late ME rate monetary value, estimated amount < ML rata < L (prō) ratā (parte) (according to) an estimated (part)

ratereɪt(v.t.; v.i.)rat•ed, rat•ing.

  1. to chide vehemently.

Origin of rate:

1350–1400; ME (a)raten, perh. < Scand


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rate(noun)

    a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit

    "they traveled at a rate of 55 miles per hour"; "the rate of change was faster than expected"

  2. rate, charge per unit(noun)

    amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis

    "a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5"

  3. pace, rate(noun)

    the relative speed of progress or change

    "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated"

  4. rate(verb)

    a quantity or amount or measure considered as a proportion of another quantity or amount or measure

    "the literacy rate"; "the retention rate"; "the dropout rate"

  5. rate, rank, range, order, grade, place(verb)

    assign a rank or rating to

    "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

  6. rate(verb)

    be worthy of or have a certain rating

    "This bond rates highly"

  7. rate, value(verb)

    estimate the value of

    "How would you rate his chances to become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the Romans"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rate(noun)ɪt

    the frequency with which sth happens or is done

    the rising/falling unemployment rate; The rate of cancer deaths has gone up/down.

  2. rateɪt

    the speed sth happens

    the rate of change; a fast/slow heart rate

  3. rateɪt

    the amount of money charged per hour, day, unit of work, etc.

    the rate of pay; the rate per hour

  4. rateɪt

    the price or fee usually charged

    What's the going rate for babysitting these days?

  5. rateɪt

    indicates you think sth is happening too slowly

    At this rate we'll never get finished in time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rate

    to chide with vehemence; to scold; to censure violently

  2. Rate(noun)

    established portion or measure; fixed allowance

  3. Rate(noun)

    that which is established as a measure or criterion; degree; standard; rank; proportion; ratio; as, a slow rate of movement; rate of interest is the ratio of the interest to the principal, per annum

  4. Rate(noun)

    valuation; price fixed with relation to a standard; cost; charge; as, high or low rates of transportation

  5. Rate(noun)

    a tax or sum assessed by authority on property for public use, according to its income or value; esp., in England, a local tax; as, parish rates; town rates

  6. Rate(noun)

    order; arrangement

  7. Rate(noun)

    ratification; approval

  8. Rate(noun)

    the gain or loss of a timepiece in a unit of time; as, daily rate; hourly rate; etc

  9. Rate(noun)

    the order or class to which a war vessel belongs, determined according to its size, armament, etc.; as, first rate, second rate, etc

  10. Rate(noun)

    the class of a merchant vessel for marine insurance, determined by its relative safety as a risk, as A1, A2, etc

  11. Rate(verb)

    to set a certain estimate on; to value at a certain price or degree

  12. Rate(verb)

    to assess for the payment of a rate or tax

  13. Rate(verb)

    to settle the relative scale, rank, position, amount, value, or quality of; as, to rate a ship; to rate a seaman; to rate a pension

  14. Rate(verb)

    to ratify

  15. Rate(verb)

    to be set or considered in a class; to have rank; as, the ship rates as a ship of the line

  16. Rate(verb)

    to make an estimate


  1. Rate

    In mathematics, a rate is a ratio between two measurements with different units. If the unit or quantity in respect of which something is changing is not specified, usually the rate is per unit time. However, a rate of change can be specified per unit time, or per unit of length or mass or another quantity. The most common type of rate is "per unit time", such as speed, heart rate and flux. Ratios that have a non-time denominator include exchange rates, literacy rates and electric flux. In describing the units of a rate, the word "per" is used to separate the units of the two measurements used to calculate the rate. A rate defined using two numbers of the same units or counts will result in a dimensionless quantity, which can be expressed as a percentage or fraction or as a multiple. Often rate is a synonym of rhythm or frequency, a count per second; e.g., radio frequencies or heart rate or sample rate.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #475

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #892

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rate' in Nouns Frequency: #80

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rate' in Verbs Frequency: #1000

Translations for rate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the number of occasions within a given period of time when something happens or is done

a high (monthly) accident rate in a factory.

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