What does RATE mean?

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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"


  1. Rate(v. t. & i.)

    To chide with vehemence; to scold; to censure violently; to berate. Spenser.

  2. Origin: [Perh. fr. E. rate, v. t., to value at a certain rate, to estimate, but more prob. fr. Sw. rata to find fault, to blame, to despise, to hold cheap; cf. Icel. hrat refuse, hrati rubbish.]

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

  17. Origin: [Perh. fr. E. rate, v. t., to value at a certain rate, to estimate, but more prob. fr. Sw. rata to find fault, to blame, to despise, to hold cheap; cf. Icel. hrat refuse, hrati rubbish.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rate

    rāt, n. a ratio or proportion: allowance: standard: value: price: the class of a ship and of seamen: movement, as fast or slow: a tax.—v.t. to calculate: to estimate: to settle the relative rank, scale, or position of.—v.i. to make an estimate: to be placed in a certain class: to ratify.—ns. Rātabil′ity, Rā′tableness, quality of being ratable.—adj. Rā′table, Rā′teable, that may be rated or set at a certain value: subject to taxation.—adv. Rā′tably.—ns. Rāte′-book, a book of valuations; Rāte′payer, one who pays a local tax.—adj. Rāte′paying, paying, or relating to, an assessed local tax.—ns. Rā′ter, one who makes an estimate; Rāte′-tithe, a tithe paid for sheep and cattle; Rā′ting, a fixing of rates: classification according to rank or grade.—At any rate, by any means; By no rate, by no means. [O. Fr.,—Low L. rata, rate—L. rēri, ratus, to think.]

  2. Rate

    rāt, v.t. to tax: to scold: to chide: to reprove. [M. E. raten, acc. to Skeat, from O. Fr. aretter, to impute—L. ad, to, reputāre, to count. Others explain as Scand., Sw. rata, to reject.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rate

    A tariff or customs roll. Also, the six orders into which the ships of war were divided in the navy, according to their force and magnitude. Thus the first rate comprehended all ships of 110 guns and upwards, having 42-pounders on the lower deck, diminishing to 6-pounders on the quarter-deck and forecastle. They were manned with 850 to 875 men, including officers, seamen, marines, servants, &c.--Second rate. Ships carrying from 90 to 100 guns.--Third rate. Ships from 80 to 84 guns.--Fourth rate. Ships from 60 to 74 guns; these were comprehended under the general names of frigates, and never appeared in the line of battle.--Fifth rate. Mounting from 32 to 40, or even 60 guns.--And Sixth rate. Mounting from any number, or no guns, if commanded by captains; those commanded by commanders were deemed sloops. Since the late introduction of massive iron, a captain may command but one gun.

Editors Contribution

  1. rate

    A quantity or amount.

    The industry ratd was 20 per hour.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RATE in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RATE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of RATE in a Sentence

  1. H. L. Mencken:

    New York: A third-rate Babylon.

  2. Stockdale Walden:

    The detection rate is pretty low.

  3. Marilyn Kaze:

    Do not fly out for a cheaper rate.

  4. Donald Trump:

    We don't target the exchange rate.

  5. Odeta Kushi:

    We're still on track for a rate cut.

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  • معدلArabic
  • poměr, sazbaCzech
  • RateGerman
  • τιμήGreek
  • impuesto, tasa, velocidadSpanish
  • proportsioonEstonian
  • نرخPersian
  • kuukausipalkka, yksikköhinta, hinta, suhde, vero, vauhti, tahti, luokka, aikapalkka, tuntipalkka, taksaFinnish
  • taux, coterFrench
  • ár, időköz, arány, díj, fokHungarian
  • tassoItalian
  • ציוןHebrew
  • 割合, 比率, 生産速度, 年収, 日給, 級, 月給, 利率, 時給, 成長率Japanese
  • kadarMalay
  • tariefDutch
  • tall, hyppighet, prosentNorwegian
  • oceniać, cennik, stawka, taryfa, opłata, tempo, szybkość, ocenić, akord, cenaPolish
  • taxaPortuguese
  • ratăRomanian
  • процент, цена, отношение, тариф, скорость, коэффициент, темп, ставка, курс, пропорция, расценкаRussian
  • курсUkrainian
  • شرحUrdu

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