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Meaning of rate by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: rāt, IPA: /ɹeɪt/, X-SAMPA: /r\eIt/,
    Rhymes: -eɪt

    Etymology 1

    From Old French, from Medieval Latin rata, from Latin prō ratā parte, from ratus ( “fixed” ), from rērī ( “think, deem, judge, originally reckon, calculate” ) .


    rate ( plural: rates )

    1. ( obsolete ) The estimated worth of something; value. [15th-19th c.]
    2. The proportional relationship between one amount, value etc. and another. [from 15th c.]
      At the height of his powers, he was producing pictures at the rate of four a year .
    3. Speed. [from 17th c.]
      The car was speeding down here at a hell of a rate .
    4. The relative speed of change or progress. [from 18th c.]
      The rate of production at the factory is skyrocketing .
    5. The price of ( an individual ) thing; cost. [from 16th c.]
      He asked quite a rate to take me to the airport .
    6. A set price or charge for all examples of a given case, commodity, service etc. [from 16th c.]
      Postal rates here are low .
    7. 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 .
    8. Any of various taxes, especially those levied by a local authority. [from 17th c.]
      I hardly have enough left every month to pay the rates .
    9. ( nautical ) A class into which ships were assigned based on condition, size etc.; by extension, rank .
      This textbook is first rate .
    Derived terms


    rate ( third-person singular simple present rates present participle rating, simple past and past participle rated )

    1. ( transitive ) To assign or be assigned a particular rank or level .
      She is rated fourth in the country .
    2. ( transitive ) To evaluate or estimate the value of .
      They rate his talents highly .
    3. ( transitive ) To consider or regard .
      He rated this book brilliant .
    4. ( transitive ) To deserve; to be worth .
      The view here hardly rates a mention in the travel guide .
    5. ( transitive ) To determine the limits of safe functioning for a machine or electrical device .
      The transformer is rated at 10 watts .
    6. ( transitive ) ( chiefly ( UK ) ) To evaluate a property's value for the purposes of local taxation .
    7. ( transitive ) ( informal ) To like; to think highly of .
      The customers don't rate the new burgers .
    8. ( intransitive ) To have position ( in a certain class ) .
      She rates among the most excellent chefs in the world .
      He rates as the best cyclist in the country .
    9. ( intransitive ) To have value or standing .
      This last performance of her's didn't rate very high with the judges .

    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    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” ) .


    rate ( third-person singular simple present rates present participle rating, simple past and past participle rated )

    1. ( transitive ) To berate, scold.


    • tare, tear

    External links

    • rate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • rate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • rate at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of rate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. assign a rank or rating to

    2. The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide
    3. estimate the value of

    4. How would you rate his chances to become President?
      Gold was rated highly among the Romans
    5. be worthy of or have a certain rating

    6. This bond rates highly
    1. the relative speed of progress or change

    2. he works at a great rate
      the pace of events accelerated
    3. amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis

    4. a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5
    5. a quantity or amount or measure considered as a proportion of another quantity or amount or measure

    6. the literacy rate
      the retention rate
      the dropout rate
    7. a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit

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