Meaning of RATE in English


I. ˈrāt, usu -ād.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English raten, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish rata to find fault, blame, despise, Old Norse hrata to fall, stagger — more at cardinal

transitive verb

1. : to rebuke (as a person or a hunting dog) angrily or violently : scold , upbraid

shall have you soundly rated and dismissed — Rex Ingamells

the proper words for rating foxhounds — C.E.Hare

2. obsolete : to drive away (a person or dog) by scolding

rated mine uncle from the council board — Shakespeare

intransitive verb

: to voice angry reprimands — usually used with at

like her none the less for rating at her — Alfred Tennyson

Synonyms: see scold

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin rata, from Latin ( pro ) rata ( parte ) according to a fixed proportion, from pro for, according to + rata calculated, fixed (feminine of ratus, from past participle of reri to reckon, calculate) + parte, abl. of pars part — more at reason


a. : reckoned value : valuation

stones whose rates are … as fancy values them — Shakespeare

appraised him at a low rate

b. obsolete : estimation

wise men … in the ordinary rate and esteem of the world — Daniel Defoe

2. obsolete : a fixed or established portion or measure : quantity

brought every man his present … a rate year by year — 2 Chron 9:24 (Authorized Version)


a. : a fixed relation (as of quantity, amount, or degree) between two things : ratio

rate of exchange

b. : a charge, payment, or price fixed according to a ratio, scale, or standard

hotel rates

the publisher's usual rate for short stories

drapery fabrics bought at the rate of a dollar a yard

sold at cut rates


(1) : a charge per unit of a public-service commodity (as electricity, gas, water)

an electric rate of 7 cents per kilowatt-hour

(2) : a price or charge per unit of freight or passenger service (as cents per hundred pounds or dollars per ton, per car, per passenger-mile) ; specifically : a common carrier charge shown on an official published tariff on file with a governmental regulatory agency

(3) : the price charged an advertiser per unit of publication space or of radio or television time

(4) : a unit charge or ratio used by the government for assessing taxes on property

(5) Britain : a local tax — usually used in plural

parish rates


a. : quantity, amount, or degree of something measured per unit of something else (as time)

at the rate of 60 miles an hour

a birth rate of 40 per thousand of population

rate of progress over the past century

the rate of corporate profits

rate of depreciation

b. : amount of payment or charge based on some other amount

rate of interest per annum

rate of commission per bond sold


(1) : the wage paid on an incentive or time basis for a particular job

(2) : the amount of premium per unit of insurance or exposure


a. archaic : relative behavior or manner : style , fashion — usually used with after

I proceed much after the old rate — William Cowper

b. : relative condition or quality : rank , kind

I am a spirit of no common rate — Shakespeare


a. : the order or class to which a warship belongs determined according to a specified criterion (as size or armament)

a ship of the first rate

b. : the class of a merchant ship for marine insurance determined by its relative safety as a risk (as A 1, A 2)

c. : the relative standing or grade of a sailor ; specifically : the rank of an enlisted man (as in the United States Navy) within a specified rating

the rate of radarman third class

7. : the gain or loss in the running of a timepiece within a specified unit of time

daily rate

hourly rate

- at any rate

- at this rate

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English raten, from rate, n.

transitive verb

1. obsolete : to allot (a share) to

had not rated him his part — Shakespeare

2. : consider , regard

rated an excellent golfer

rated the highest office in the state


a. : to set an estimate on : appraise , value

copper is rated … above its real value — Adam Smith

buyers … rate black broadcloth high for fall — Women's Wear Daily

b. chiefly Britain : to assess the value of (property) for taxing purposes

c. archaic : to calculate the total

then must we rate the cost — Shakespeare

d. : to determine or assign the relative rank or class of (as a ship or a seaman)

e. : to evaluate with reference to specific traits or given standards : grade

rate the way the … companies treat their dealers — S.L.Payne

each job was rated on a five-point scale — Mildred Mitchell

f. : to estimate the normal capacity or power of

current flowing at the rated capacity — Cannon Catalog

flooring system is rated to withstand a … fire and water test — American Builder

4. : to fix the amount of premium to be charged per unit of insurance or exposure on (a particular risk)


a. : to adjust (a timepiece) to a given rate of going (as by altering the effective length of the pendulum) : regulate

b. : to find the gain or loss of (a timepiece) in a given unit of time

c. : to pace or restrain (as a horse or oneself) in a race in order to conserve energy for the finish

rated the 4-year-old … colt perfectly — F.M.Blunk

6. : to have a right to : deserve

most … do not rate so much remembrance — Harper's

sufficient appeal to rate a network show — Charles Miller

intransitive verb

: to be of consequence : rank , count

human ingenuity was to rate … as a vital national resource — Steelways

specifically : to enjoy a status of special privilege or consideration

I never did rate with him — Bess A. Garner

Synonyms: see deserve , estimate


dialect England

variant of ret

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