- enPR: rāt, IPA: /ɹeɪt/, X-SAMPA: /r\eIt/,
- Rhymes: -eɪt
- ( obsolete ) The estimated worth of something; value. [15th-19th c.]
- The proportional relationship between one amount, value etc. and another. [from 15th c.]
- Speed. [from 17th c.]
- The relative speed of change or progress. [from 18th c.]
- The price of ( an individual ) thing; cost. [from 16th c.]
- A set price or charge for all examples of a given case, commodity, service etc. [from 16th c.]
- A wage calculated in relation to a unit of time .
- Any of various taxes, especially those levied by a local authority. [from 17th c.]
- ( nautical ) A class into which ships were assigned based on condition, size etc.; by extension, rank .
- ( transitive ) To assign or be assigned a particular rank or level .
- ( transitive ) To evaluate or estimate the value of .
- ( transitive ) To consider or regard .
- ( transitive ) To deserve; to be worth .
- ( transitive ) To determine the limits of safe functioning for a machine or electrical device .
- ( transitive ) ( chiefly ( UK ) ) To evaluate a property's value for the purposes of local taxation .
- ( transitive ) ( informal ) To like; to think highly of .
- ( intransitive ) To have position ( in a certain class ) .
- ( intransitive ) To have value or standing .
- ( transitive ) To berate, scold.
- 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, John IX:
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.56:
- 1825, Sir Walter Scott, The Talisman, ch. iv:
- 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XV, Practical — Devotional
- tare, tear
From Middle English raten ( “to scold, chide” ), from Old Norse hrata ( “to refuse, reject, slight, find fault with” ), from Proto-Germanic *hratjanan, *hratōnan ( “to sway, shake” ), from Proto-Indo-European *krad- ( “to swing” ). Cognate with Swedish rata ( “to reject, refuse, find fault, slight” ), Norwegian rata ( “to reject, cast aside” ), Old English hratian ( “to rush, hasten” ) .
Explanation of rate by Wordnet Dictionary