Meaning of RATE in English


I. ˈrāt verb

( rat·ed ; rat·ing )

Etymology: Middle English

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to rebuke angrily or violently

2. obsolete : to drive away by scolding

intransitive verb

: to voice angry reprimands

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin rata, from Latin ( pro ) rata ( parte ) according to a fixed proportion

Date: 15th century


a. : reckoned value : valuation

b. obsolete : estimation

2. obsolete : a fixed quantity


a. : a fixed ratio between two things

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

(1) : a charge per unit of a public-service commodity

(2) : a charge per unit of freight or passenger service

(3) : a unit charge or ratio used in assessing property taxes

(4) British : a local tax


a. : a quantity, amount, or degree of something measured per unit of something else

her typing rate was 80 words per minute

b. : an amount of payment or charge based on another amount ; specifically : the amount of premium per unit of insurance

5. : relative condition or quality : class

- at any rate

III. verb

( rat·ed ; rat·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. obsolete : allot


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

black is rated very high this season

b. : to determine or assign the relative rank or class of : grade

rate a seaman

c. : to estimate the normal capacity or power of

3. : consider , regard

was rated an excellent pianist

4. : to fix the amount of premium to be charged per unit of insurance on

5. : to have a right to : deserve

she rated special privileges

intransitive verb

: to enjoy a status of special privilege

really rate s with the boss

Synonyms: see estimate

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.