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rate1

Syllabification: rate
Pronunciation: /rāt
 
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noun

1A measure, quantity, or frequency, typically one measured against some other quantity or measure: the crime rate rose by 26 percent
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  • Yet their crime rates, by whatever measure one judged them, were very different.
  • Although the theoretical model assumes constant yaw rate, the measured rates are highly dynamic.
  • Curvature is a measure of the local geometry of the surface, while the strain rates measure its relative rate of expansion.
1.1The speed with which something moves, happens, or changes: your heart rate
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  • It is harder to attack a convoy, however, if it is moving at a high rate of speed.
  • Oh who am I kidding, the thought of riding wasn't the only thing that was causing my heart rate to speed up.
  • But we are really moving at an incredible rate to get medicines to the hospitals.
Synonyms
2A fixed price paid or charged for something, especially goods or services: the basic rate of pay advertising rates
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  • In Mumbai and Pune, rickshaws have meters, and a fixed rate by which you pay them.
  • The average hourly rate of pay must not be less than your minimum hourly rate of pay illustrated on the table above.
  • At present all non-domestic users pay a fixed rate for water irrespective of the quantity that they use.
Synonyms
fee, remuneration, payment, wage, allowance
2.1The amount of a charge or payment expressed as a percentage of some other amount, or as a basis of calculation: you’ll find our current interest rate very competitive
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  • If she gets pregnant, the interest rate drops by one basis point for one year.
  • On exiting the scheme, tax is charged at a rate of 23 per cent on the interest earned.
  • A transfer of property between blood relatives is charged at half the rate of stamp duty which would otherwise apply.
Synonyms
percentage, ratio, proportion;
scale, standard, level
2.2 (usually rates) (In the UK) a tax on land and buildings paid to the local authority by a business, and formerly also by occupants of private property.
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  • We council tax payers pay rates to Central Government, which later gives money to the council to pay for such expenses.
  • Local government did tax directly; its revenue came from rates collected on land.
  • Businesses often question what they get in return for paying local authority rates.

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1 [with object] Assign a standard or value to (something) according to a particular scale: they were asked to rate their ability at different driving maneuvers [with object and complement]: the hotel, rated four star, had no hot water and no sink plugs
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  • They were also asked to describe their outfits on a 7-point Likert scale rating four options: natural, modest, bold, and sexy.
  • Until 1999, Star Wars films were rated on a scale of 10 to 10 with no exceptions.
  • Almost every one of the albums was rated four stars by customers.
Synonyms
assess, evaluate, appraise, judge, estimate, calculate, gauge, measure, adjudge;
grade, rank, classify, categorize
1.1Assign a standard, optimal, or limiting rating to (a piece of equipment): its fuel economy is rated at 25 miles a gallon in the city
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  • Although the TwinX Kit is rated at 400MHz, contrary to popular belief, the speed of the ram is not the single most important factor when shopping for ram.
  • In stock form, the Ecotec is rated at 140 horsepower.
  • Hansen's truck is powered by a Brent Voges-built 327-cid engine that is rated at 250 horsepower.
1.2British Assess the value of (a property) for the purpose of levying a local tax.
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  • SOME AUSTRALIAN MUNICIPALITIES were rating on unimproved land values as early as the 1850s.
  • Auckland city is the last remaining instance of annual rental value rating - a relic from the nineteenth century.
  • The earlier Transvaal Ordinance effectively prevented flat rating or total value rating.
2 [with object] Consider to be of a certain quality, standard, or rank: he rates the company’s stock a “buy.” [with object and complement]: the program has been rated a great success
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  • And out of the 10 specialist services provided at the hospital, such as paediatrics, stroke and heart treatments, eight are rated as being high quality.
  • How could WorldCom, a company that was in financial trouble, issue bonds that were rated investment grade quality?
  • Even yours truly rated a fleeting mention so of course it must be rated a sterling success.
Synonyms
regard as, look on as, count as
2.1 [no object] Be regarded in a specified way: Jeff still rates as one of the nicest people I have ever met
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  • So how do election counts rate in terms of viewer involvement?
  • A vegetable doesn't have to be high on all counts to be worth growing, especially if it rates better than the cultivar you have been putting in for years.
  • Environmental quality rated considerably ahead of CEO preference - frequently alluded to as a key location factor for high tech companies.
2.2Be worthy of; merit: the ambassador rated a bulletproof car and a police escort
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  • Nine's ratings problems and management changes barely rated a mention around the market.
  • By the benchmark of the Rwandan civil war, it would barely rate a mention.
  • He barely rates a mention, naturally, and when he is mentioned he is sneered at.
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Origin

late Middle English (expressing a notion of 'estimated value'): from Old French, from medieval Latin rata (from Latin pro rata parte (or portione) 'according to the proportional share'), from ratus 'reckoned', past participle of reri.

Phrases

at any rate

1
Whatever happens or may have happened: for the moment, at any rate, he was safe
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  • Such, at any rate, was the answer that rang back at my moment of frustration and paralysis and panic.
  • We know only that the transfer was made, at any rate, according to a public statement by Earl Huntley.
  • The workforce has, at any rate, been trimmed down over the years.
Synonyms
in any case, anyhow, anyway, in any event, nevertheless;
whatever happens, come what may, regardless, notwithstanding
1.1Used to indicate that one is correcting or clarifying a previous statement or emphasizing a following one: the story, or at any rate, a public version of it, was known and remembered
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  • Great story for a kid at any rate, because kids love horrific things.
  • But the hardships are in practice not so serious as might appear, at any rate in the case of statements which are ex facie defamatory.
  • Also as usual, at any rate with Waters, there is a lesbian love story involved.

at this (or that) rate

2
Used to introduce the prediction of a particular unwelcome eventuality should things continue as they are or if a certain assumption is true: at this rate, I won’t have a job to go back to
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  • Still, it would be pretty hard to include ‘computer consultant’ on my business card at this rate.
  • Mate, enjoy making fun of our columnists because they've only got a few years left at this rate…
  • This week is going to drag on for ever at this rate.

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rate2

Syllabification: rate
Pronunciation: /rāt
 
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verb

[with object] archaic
Scold (someone) angrily: he rated the young man soundly for his want of respect

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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verb

Variant spelling of ret.

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