Meaning of RATE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ reɪt ]

( rates, rating, rated)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


The rate at which something happens is the speed with which it happens.

The rate at which hair grows can be agonisingly slow...

The world’s tropical forests are disappearing at an even faster rate than experts had thought.

N-COUNT : with supp


The rate at which something happens is the number of times it happens over a period of time.

New diet books appear at a rate of nearly one a week...

His heart rate was 30 beats per minute slower...

N-COUNT : with supp


A rate is the amount of money that is charged for goods or services.

Calls cost 36p per minute cheap rate and 48p at all other times.

...specially reduced rates for travellers using Gatwick Airport...

N-COUNT : with supp

see also exchange rate


The rate of taxation or interest is the amount of tax or interest that needs to be paid. It is expressed as a percentage of the amount that is earned, gained as profit, or borrowed. ( BUSINESS )

The government insisted that it would not be panicked into interest rate cuts.

N-COUNT : with supp


If you rate someone or something as good or bad, you consider them to be good or bad. You can also say that someone or something rates as good or bad.

Of all the men in the survey, they rate themselves the least fun-loving and the most responsible...

Most rated it a hit...

We rate him as one of the best...

She rated the course highly...

Reading books does not rate highly among Britons as a leisure activity.

...the most highly rated player in English football.

VERB : no cont , V n adj , V n n , V n as n / adj , V n adv , V adv prep , V-ed


If you rate someone or something, you think that they are good. ( mainly BRIT INFORMAL )

It’s flattering to know that other clubs have shown interest and seem to rate me...

VERB : V n


If someone or something is rated at a particular position or rank, they are calculated or considered to be in that position on a list.

He is generally rated Italy’s No. 3 industrialist...

He came here rated 100th on the tennis computer.

V-PASSIVE : no cont , be V-ed n , be V-ed ord


If you say that someone or something rates a particular reaction, you mean that this is the reaction you consider to be appropriate.

This is so extraordinary, it rates a medal and a phone call from the President...

= merit

VERB : no cont , V n


see also rating


You use at any rate to indicate that what you have just said might be incorrect or unclear in some way, and that you are now being more precise.

She modestly suggests that ‘sex, or at any rate gender, may account for the difference’...

PHRASE : PHR with cl


You use at any rate to indicate that the important thing is what you are saying now, and not what was said before.

Well, at any rate, let me thank you for all you did.

PHRASE : PHR with cl


If you say that at this rate something bad or extreme will happen, you mean that it will happen if things continue to develop as they have been doing.

At this rate they’d be lucky to get home before eight-thirty or nine.

PHRASE : PHR with cl

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