- 1A measure, quantity, or frequency, typically one measured against another quantity or measure: the island has the lowest crime rate in the world buying up sites at a rate of one a monthMore example sentences
- 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 or happens: the band is shedding vocalists at an alarming rate your heart rateMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A fixed price paid or charged for something: a £3.40 minimum hourly rate of pay advertising ratesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1The amount of a charge or payment expressed as a percentage of another amount, or as a basis of calculation: you’ll find our current interest rate very competitiveMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 (rates) (In the UK) a tax on commercial land and buildings paid to a local authority; (in Northern Ireland and formerly in the UK) a tax levied on private property.More example sentences
- 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 manoeuvres [with object and complement]: the hotel, rated four star, had no hot waterMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial] Assign a standard, optimal, or limiting rating to (a piece of equipment): the average life of the new bulb is rated at approximately 500 hoursMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2(In the UK) assess the value of (a property) for the purpose of levying a local tax.More example sentences
- 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 and adverbial] Consider to be of a certain quality or standard: Atkinson rates him as Europe’s top defender [with object and complement]: the program has been rated a great successMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [no object, with adverbial] Be regarded in a specified way: Jeff still rates as one of the nicest people I have ever metMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 [with object] • informal Have a high opinion of: Mike certainly rated her, goodness knows why
- 2.3 [with object] Be worthy of; merit: the ambassador rated a bulletproof car and a police escortMore example sentences
- 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.
at any rate
- Whatever happens or may have happened: for the moment, at any rate, he was safeMore example sentences
- 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.
- Used to clarify or emphasize a statement: the story, or at any rate, a public version of it, was known and rememberedMore example sentences
- 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
- If matters continue in this or that way: at this rate, I won’t have a job to go back toMore example sentences
- 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.
rate of return
- The annual income from an investment expressed as a proportion (usually a percentage) of the original investment.More example sentences
- The standard story of entry and exit leads to a long-run equilibrium in which all firms earn only a normal rate of return on investment.
- It will also use the money for financing investments that will produce a better rate of return than the interest it will have to pay on its new loan notes.
- In order to do that, the tax system must let savers earn the full gross rate of return on their investments.
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.