• Speed. [from the 17th century]

    "The car was speeding down here at a hell of a rate."

  • A set price or charge for all examples of a given case, commodity, service etc. [from the 16th century]

    "Postal rates here are low."

  • (nautical) A class into which ships were assigned based on condition, size etc.; by extension, rank.

    "This textbook is first-rate."

  • (obsolete) Ratification; approval.
  • The proportional relationship between one amount, value etc. and another. [from the 15th century]

    "At the height of his powers, he was producing pictures at the rate of four a year."

  • The price of (an individual) thing; cost. [from the 16th century]

    "He asked quite a rate to take me to the airport."

  • Any of various taxes, especially those levied by a local authority. [from the 17th century]

    "I hardly have enough left every month to pay the rates."

  • (obsolete) Order; arrangement.
  • (obsolete) The estimated worth of something; value. [15th-19th centuries]
  • The relative speed of change or progress. [from the 18th century]

    "The rate of production at the factory is skyrocketing."

  • A wage calculated in relation to a unit of time.

    "We pay an hourly rate of between $10 – $15 per hour depending on qualifications and experience."

  • (obsolete) Established portion or measure; fixed allowance; ration.
  • (horology) The gain or loss of a timepiece in a unit of time.

    "daily rate; hourly rate; etc."


  • (transitive) To consider or regard.

    "He rated this book brilliant."

  • (transitive, chiefly Britain) To evaluate a property's value for the purposes of local taxation.
  • (intransitive) To have position (in a certain class).

    "He rates as the best cyclist in the country."

  • To ascertain the exact rate of the gain or loss of (a chronometer) as compared with true time.
  • (transitive) To evaluate or estimate the value of.

    "They rate his talents highly."

  • (transitive) To determine the limits of safe functioning for a machine or electrical device.

    "The transformer is rated at 10 watts."

  • (intransitive) To have position (in a certain class).

    "She rates among the most excellent chefs in the world."

  • (transitive) To ratify.
  • (transitive) To assign or be assigned a particular rank or level.

    "She is rated fourth in the country."

  • (transitive) To deserve; to be worth.

    "The view here hardly rates a mention in the travel guide."

  • (transitive, informal) To like; to think highly of.

    "The customers don't rate the new burgers."

  • (intransitive) To have value or standing.

    "This last performance of hers didn't rate very high with the judges."

  • (transitive) To berate, scold.

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