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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ratenoun

    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 unitnoun

    amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis

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

  3. pace, ratenoun

    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. rateverb

    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, placeverb

    assign a rank or rating to

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

  6. rateverb

    be worthy of or have a certain rating

    "This bond rates highly"

  7. rate, valueverb

    estimate the value of

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


  1. Rateverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RATEnoun

    Etymology: ratus, Lat. rate, old Fr.

    How many things do we value, because they come at dear rates from Japan and China, which if they were our own manufacture, common to be had, and for a little money, would be neglected? John Locke.

    I’ll not betray the glory of my name,
    ’Tis not for me, who have preserv’d a state,
    To buy an empire at so base a rate. Dryden.

    The price of land has never changed, in the several changes have been made in the rate of interest by law; nor now that the rate of interest is by law the same, is the price of land every where the same. John Locke.

    His allowance was a continual allowance, a daily rate for every day. 2 Kings xxv. 30.

    They obliged themselves to remit after the rate of twelve hundred thousand pounds sterling per annum, divided into so many monthly payments. Addison.

    I am a spirit of no common rate;
    The summer still doth tend upon my state. William Shakespeare.

    I have disabled mine estate,
    By shewing something a more swelling port,
    Than my faint means would grant continuance;
    Nor do I now make moan to be abridged
    From such a noble rate. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    In this did his holiness and godliness appear above the rate and pitch of other mens, in that he was so infinitely merciful. Edmund Calamy, Sermons.

    To which relation whatsoever is done agreeably, is morally and essentially good; and whatsoever is done otherwise, is at the same rate morally evil. South.

    In goodly form comes on the enemy;
    And by the ground they hide, I judge their number
    Upon or near the rate of thirty thousand. William Shakespeare.

    Heretofore the rate and standard of wit was very different from what it is now-a-days: no man was then accounted a wit for speaking such things, as deserved to have the tongue cut out. Robert South, Sermons.

    A virtuous heathen is, at this rate, as happy as a virtuous christian. Francis Atterbury.

    Many of the horse could not march at that rate, nor come up soon enough. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Tom hinting his dislike of some trifle his mistress had said, she asked him how he would talk to her after marriage, if he talked at this rate before? Addison.

    They paid the church and parish rate,
    And took, but read not the receipt. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Rateverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I freely told you, all the wealth I had
    Ran in my veins, I was a gentleman;
    And yet, dear lady,
    Rating myself as nothing, you shall see
    How much I was a braggart. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    We may there be instructed, how to name and rate all goods, by those that will concentre into felicity. Boyle.

    You seem not high enough your joys to rate,
    You stand indebted a vast sum to fate,
    And should large thanks for the great blessing pay. Dryden.

    Go rate thy minions, proud insulting boy,
    Becomes it thee to be thus bold in terms
    Before thy sovereign. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    An old lord of the council rated me the other day in the street about you, Sir. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    What is all that a man enjoys, from a year’s converse, comparable to what he feels for one hour, when his conscience shall take him aside and rate him by himself. South.

    If words are sometimes to be used, they ought to be grave, kind and sober, representing the ill or unbecomingness of the faults, rather than a hasty rating of the child for it. John Locke.


  1. Rate

    The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is a creationist apologetics institute in Dallas, Texas, that specializes in media promotion of pseudoscientific creation science and interpretation of the Genesis creation narrative as a historical event. The ICR adopts the Bible as an inerrant and literal documentary of scientific and historical fact as well as religious and moral truths, and espouses a Young Earth creationist worldview. It rejects evolutionary biology, which it views as a corrupting moral and social influence and threat to religious belief. The ICR was formed by Henry M. Morris in 1972 following an organizational split with the Creation Science Research Center (CSRC).Its work in the field of creation science has been rejected by mainstream science, but has been significant in shaping creationist thought in the United States by introducing creation science through fundamentalist churches and religious schools, and by engaging in public debates against supporters of evolution. The ICR also offers unaccredited graduate level programs in Biblical Apologetics, including a minor in Creation Research. The ICR also operates the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History museum in Dallas, Texas.


  1. Rate

    Rate can refer to a measure of the speed, frequency, or amount of something occurring or changing over a specific period of time. It can also be used to describe a fixed charge or cost for a service, or the ratio between two different quantities or values.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rate

    to chide with vehemence; to scold; to censure violently

  2. Ratenoun

    established portion or measure; fixed allowance

  3. Ratenoun

    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. Ratenoun

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

  5. Ratenoun

    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. Ratenoun

    order; arrangement

  7. Ratenoun

    ratification; approval

  8. Ratenoun

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

  9. Ratenoun

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

  10. Ratenoun

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

  11. Rateverb

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

  12. Rateverb

    to assess for the payment of a rate or tax

  13. Rateverb

    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. Rateverb

    to ratify

  15. Rateverb

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

  16. Rateverb

    to make an estimate

  17. Etymology: [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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RATE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rate is ranked #113155 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rate surname appeared 155 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Rate.

    89% or 138 total occurrences were White.
    4.5% or 7 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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

Anagrams for rate »

  1. tare

  2. tera

  3. tear

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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. Judy Garland:

    Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.

  2. President Obama:

    -- July 29 tweetFacts First: Baltimore does not have the worst economic numbers in the United States, though it does rank poorly by several measures.Baltimore had the fourth-worst unemployment rate of major cities in 2018, but its 5.7% rate was substantially better than that of last-place Detroit, which was at 9.0%. In 2017, the Baltimore metropolitan area (which includes more than the city of Baltimore, on which Trump was focusing his attacks) ranked 19th in the country in gross domestic product out of 383 areas studied. The city of Baltimore had a 22.4% poverty rate over the 2013-2017 period, well ahead of such cities as Detroit (37.9%), Bloomington, Indiana (37.5%), and Laredo, Texas (30.6%).Baltimore did have the highest homicide rate of any major city in 2017, so Trump was accurate in his claim about crime.Obama's recordObama and energy -- August 1 rally in CincinnatiFacts First: Obama did encourage the use of renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels, but he didn't try to.

  3. A. A. Milne:

    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

  4. Charles Krauthammer:

    I think this argument between him and the Wall Street Journal over what is essentially two percent of the rate, I think it's slightly overexaggerated. It's not going to make any difference in the real world if there's a one or two percent lower rate, and I think what's he's doing is trying to win votes with the sweetener of the child tax credit, there's nothing wrong with that. And it's true that a pudding has to have a theme, but a tax plan doesn't have to have a theme. The theme here is that you're lowering the rate, particularly on the corporate side. You're lowering the tax on investment and return, capital gains, which is what everybody on the right has always said is the engine to drive growth. So, you've got very serious pro-growth elements in here, and you've got a sweetener for the child tax credit, that that's a rejection of Reaganism I find slightly over the top.

  5. Trey Parker:

    Regardless of whether or not we see an uptick in the default rate in energy loans, energy credit is only 3.5% to 4% of the overall loan market, so even if you had a 25% default rate in all energy loans, it would only be about a 1% uptick in the overall loan market default rate, we believe the loan and high-yield markets have already priced in a lot of the defaults in the energy space.

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  • معدلArabic
  • poměr, sazbaCzech
  • RateGerman
  • τιμήGreek
  • tasa, impuesto, velocidadSpanish
  • proportsioonEstonian
  • نرخPersian
  • aikapalkka, tuntipalkka, suhde, hinta, vero, taksa, vauhti, yksikköhinta, tahti, luokka, kuukausipalkkaFinnish
  • coter, tauxFrench
  • arány, időköz, fok, ár, díjHungarian
  • tassoItalian
  • ציוןHebrew
  • 月給, 級, 比率, 割合, 成長率, 日給, 生産速度, 年収, 利率, 時給Japanese
  • kadarMalay
  • tariefDutch
  • prosent, hyppighet, tallNorwegian
  • szybkość, oceniać, cennik, tempo, opłata, ocenić, akord, taryfa, cena, stawkaPolish
  • taxaPortuguese
  • ratăRomanian
  • темп, расценка, процент, цена, отношение, пропорция, курс, тариф, скорость, ставка, коэффициентRussian
  • курсUkrainian
  • شرحUrdu

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. unsealed
    • B. proprietary
    • C. ultimo
    • D. arbitrary

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