Main definitions of rate in English

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noun

  • 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 month’
    • ‘According to the United Nations, this Southern African nation has the world's highest rate of infection.’
    • ‘Even as this nation's crime rate is falling, the prison population is rising.’
    • ‘Relapse rates remain high, typically over 70 %.’
    • ‘The approximate increase in sampling size can be computed assuming constant rates of evolution.’
    • ‘Detection rates for violent crime rose from just over 13,000 to more than 15,500.’
    • ‘Curvature is a measure of the local geometry of the surface, while the strain rates measure its relative rate of expansion.’
    • ‘Therefore, the results use percentile reporting rates instead of standard deviations.’
    • ‘Yet their crime rates, by whatever measure one judged them, were very different.’
    • ‘Interest rates on credit cards tend to respond to moves in short-term interest rates, which means they are rising.’
    • ‘Across the country this year's pass rate soared to 96 per cent - the 22nd annual rise in a row.’
    • ‘However, intense male recombination hotspots should still increase average recombination rates.’
    • ‘"Food prices played a prominent role in determining the overall inflation rate during the fourth quarter of 2002.’
    • ‘Although the theoretical model assumes constant yaw rate, the measured rates are highly dynamic.’
    • ‘Transplantation success rates vary depending on the cause of renal failure.’
    • ‘The nation's unemployment rate rose just 5.9 percent last month.’
    • ‘The mutation rate is measured as the number of nucleotide substitutions per site per generation.’
    • ‘In the first quarter, the clubs have decreased their annualized attrition rate by 3 percent.’
    • ‘The policies should encourage economic growth since inflation rates remain low.’
    • ‘Most importantly, combinations of antioxidant vitamins appear slightly to increase overall mortality rates.’
    • ‘The overall mortality rate was lower in the daily dialysis group (28 versus 46 percent for conventional treatment).’
    • ‘The rising unemployment rate has apparently caused the government to think twice about more active trade ties with China.’
    1. 1.1 The speed with which something moves or happens:
      ‘the band is shedding vocalists at an alarming rate’
      ‘your heart rate’
      • ‘Everyone has at some point noticed how people talk at drastically varying rates of speed.’
      • ‘Flooding significantly enhanced the rate of photosynthesis at all light levels in both populations.’
      • ‘One of the principal parameters is the clock speed, the processing rate of the main processor.’
      • ‘It measures the rate at which small disturbances explode exponentially in time.’
      • ‘But we are really moving at an incredible rate to get medicines to the hospitals.’
      • ‘But police say it was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident happened.’
      • ‘The speed of silicon-based processors is limited by the rate at which electrons move round circuits.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the epicycle does not move at a uniform rate with respect to the centre of the deferent or the Earth.’
      • ‘To calculate your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220.’
      • ‘Near the sun you would increase speed at the rate of 600 mph each second, but you would feel no force acting upon you.’
      • ‘Oh who am I kidding, the thought of riding wasn't the only thing that was causing my heart rate to speed up.’
      • ‘It is harder to attack a convoy, however, if it is moving at a high rate of speed.’
      • ‘As the officer was about to go after the cars, three more vehicles rounded the curve at a similar rate of speed.’
      • ‘He added that the streets were not packed with people and the march did not move at a constant rate.’
      • ‘Because of the moderate rate of speed, the bicyclist also wants and needs many miles of trails.’
      • ‘They try to judge their speed with its rate of descent, and mistakes happen.’
      • ‘But their career may not move at the same rate or in the same direction as they first intended.’
      • ‘The gates take a relatively long time to close, so if the person before you moves at a normal rate, you should be able to go in with him/her.’
      • ‘As I headed back to my car, a white van passed me at an extraordinary rate of speed.’
      • ‘Time is what measures the rate at which everything else changes.’
      speed, pace, tempo, velocity, momentum
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  • 2A fixed price paid or charged for something:

    ‘a £3.40 minimum hourly rate of pay’
    ‘advertising rates’
    • ‘The main reason for this move is that the rate of airport expenses of the Universal Postal Union has dropped.’
    • ‘However, mortgage lenders are still offering very tasty fixed and variable rates.’
    • ‘Mr Hughes remained hopeful he may have been signalling a move to cut rates in the near term.’
    • ‘The company offers air fares to Germany and Belgium, at rates equal to the prices of bus tickets.’
    • ‘At present all non-domestic users pay a fixed rate for water irrespective of the quantity that they use.’
    • ‘China is not a natural candidate for a fixed exchange rate against the dollar.’
    • ‘Variable rates mean you pay the going rate on your loan.’
    • ‘Apartments are priced at three rates, depending on the rental guarantees attached.’
    • ‘Borrowers can choose from fixed or variable rates, with terms ranging from five to 30 years, with the longer time frame proving most popular.’
    • ‘According to Martin, daily technical trainer contract rates vary depending on individual areas of specialisation.’
    • ‘The analysis also fails to determine the degree to which many economic variables, such as hourly pay rates, are catching up on other parts of Europe.’
    • ‘He said the £16,000 payment to his wife was for clerical work which had been paid at an hourly rate.’
    • ‘For similar service and medications, they strive to set their rates similar to market prices.’
    • ‘Due to increased competition there is now a greater choice of mortgages available, including discounted variable rates and fixed rate deals.’
    • ‘They also want overtime to be paid at time-and-a-half and double the hourly rate, with full pay for the first six months that miners are off sick.’
    • ‘In Mumbai and Pune, rickshaws have meters, and a fixed rate by which you pay them.’
    • ‘The rental rate includes all the fixed costs of operating a facility expressed on a square footage basis.’
    • ‘They pay WordPress a fixed rate for this service and then give them the content.’
    • ‘I was going to charge them an hourly rate with an estimate of how long I thought it was going to be.’
    • ‘The average hourly rate of pay must not be less than your minimum hourly rate of pay illustrated on the table above.’
    charge, price, cost, tariff, hire, fare, figure, amount, outlay
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    1. 2.1 The 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 competitive’
      • ‘A transfer of property between blood relatives is charged at half the rate of stamp duty which would otherwise apply.’
      • ‘The actual average annual exchange rate in 1978 was US $0.877 / CA $1.00.’
      • ‘Fifteen-year fixed mortgage rates rose 7 basis points to 5.47 %.’
      • ‘Why linger with a lender's standard variable rate when you can borrow more cheaply with a bit of effort?’
      • ‘However, very few if any endowment policies have matched the interest rate being charged on debt and bonds.’
      • ‘And, in fact, since the early 1990s interest rates have fallen and loan maturities have lengthened on average.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Bank of England was ‘clearly ready to move’ on rates if necessary, said the governor, Sir Eddie George.’
      • ‘Repayments will increase dramatically if the rate moves towards 3%, as predicted.’
      • ‘"It is expected that commercial banks will respond by lowering their lending base rates, " he explained.’
      • ‘At the moment we think that highly taxed New Zealanders pay a marginal tax rate of 39 percent.’
      • ‘But today's low interest rates have prevented some policies from earning enough to automatically pay those premiums.’
      • ‘If only one spouse is working, they can earn up to €37,000 before moving to the higher rate of tax.’
      • ‘If so, he also may be liable for state and local income taxes, which combined amount to a rate of 10.44 per cent.’
      • ‘The interest accumulates on a daily basis and the rate is 11.75 per cent per annum.’
      • ‘If America's central bank moves to increase rates sharply, it will derail the economy and stifle any increase in markets.’
      • ‘Discounted rates offer a permanent discount off the lender's variable rate.’
      • ‘Instead, the House voted to cut the maximum tax rates on both dividends and capital gains to 15 percent.’
      • ‘A person on $60,000 pays a marginal tax rate of 47 per cent on the next dollar they earn.’
      percentage, ratio, proportion, scale, standard
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    2. 2.2rates (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.
      • ‘Remember, it is our money, directly as taxes and rates or indirectly as rent, that pays for council services.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We council tax payers pay rates to Central Government, which later gives money to the council to pay for such expenses.’
      • ‘Local government gained its revenue from rates, a tax on land.’

verb

  • 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 water’
    • ‘I have rated them on a scale of zero to four stars.’
    • ‘I'd rate it four stars out of five. Lots of duelling in that movie - lots of new monsters.’
    • ‘Until 1999, Star Wars films were rated on a scale of 10 to 10 with no exceptions.’
    • ‘Aidan O'Mahony sustained a thigh injury in the drawn encounter, and is rated doubtful.’
    • ‘What I meant was the story is rated PG - 13 for language.’
    • ‘Almost every one of the albums was rated four stars by customers.’
    • ‘Each recommendation was rated according to the level of scientific information available to support the statement.’
    • ‘The on-loan Belgian had not trained since then and was rated highly doubtful for tonight.’
    • ‘Renault now has three out of the six cars so far to have achieved a top five-star rating.’
    • ‘The institute rates cars on a scale of poor, marginal, acceptable and good.’
    • ‘For the effect it had on my skin I would rate it four stars.’
    • ‘Colm Picked up an injury in training last Saturday and is rated very doubtful.’
    • ‘Social services in Kingston has retained its top three-star rating following an assessment by the commission for social care.’
    • ‘It's not exactly possible to rate abortion on a scale of one star to five, is it?’
    • ‘All items were rated on a scale ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree.’
    • ‘A two-star rating means the hospital has performed well overall but has not achieved consistently high standards.’
    • ‘The four basic physiological components of fitness are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent.’
    • ‘Items were rated on a scale from zero to three.’
    • ‘But the poor sovereign rating will make it much harder for the country to raise money.’
    • ‘The potential of lost work caused by viruses and other malicious software also rated very high.’
    • ‘But it was rated PG - 13 and faced no new competition.’
    • ‘The president's high approval rating is rooted in patriotism, not a broad embrace of Bush's conservative policies.’
    • ‘Only 10 % of films rated PG or PG - 13 contained no smoking.’
    • ‘In July, its sovereign credit rating was downgraded.’
    • ‘Greek companies had the lowest overall average rating at 2.93 with Japan at 3.57.’
    • ‘Items are rated on a four-point scale with the anchors strongly agree and strongly disagree.’
    • ‘They were also asked to describe their outfits on a 7-point Likert scale rating four options: natural, modest, bold, and sexy.’
    • ‘They achieved a three-star rating for three successive years.’
    assess, evaluate, appraise, weigh up, judge, estimate, calculate, compute, gauge, measure, adjudge, value, put a value on
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    1. 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 hours’
      • ‘The amount of electricity that gets through is also important so look for a product that is rated at least 300 joules - the higher the better.’
      • ‘To prevent DVT, the stocking must be rated at least 15 mm Hg to 20 mm Hg compression.’
      • ‘The engine is rated at 24 hp at 3400, which is more than sufficient.’
      • ‘The strongest flares on record, in 1989 and 2001, were rated at X20.’
      • ‘The transmission system is rated at 900 hp for improved high temperature and high altitude performance.’
      • ‘The fan is slightly larger than nVidia's reference, and is rated at 10.6CFM.’
      • ‘Two of the machines are rated at 56 hp, and two have 81 hp.’
      • ‘In stock form, the Ecotec is rated at 140 horsepower.’
      • ‘Compared to this, the Transmeta processor in the forthcoming machine from Sony is rated at 600MHz.’
      • ‘Hansen's truck is powered by a Brent Voges-built 327-cid engine that is rated at 250 horsepower.’
      • ‘This type of heater typically is rated at 1500-watts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Sterling diesel engine was an 8 cylinder 8x9 engine operating at 1200 rpm and rated at 650 horsepower.’
      • ‘Four diesel engines type 12V595 TE90 from MTU are each rated at 4.2MW.’
      • ‘The Holley Dominator four-barrel is rated at 1,050 cfm.’
      • ‘For example, my digital camera uses four nickel-cadmium batteries that are rated at 1.25 volts and 500 milliamp-hours for each cell.’
      • ‘The two low magnetic field electric motors feature compensated stray fields and are each rated at 125kW for minehunting.’
      • ‘The unit's battery is removable, and is rated at 1200mAh.’
      • ‘The Opteron is being rated at a thermal design power, or thermal tolerance, of 80 watts, according to sources.’
      • ‘Symmetrix DMX is rated at 64GBps of peak internal bandwidth, which is a huge leap over the Symmetrix 8000's 1.6GBps.’
    2. 1.2 (in the UK) assess the value of (a property) for the purpose of levying a local tax.
      • ‘Auckland city is the last remaining instance of annual rental value rating - a relic from the nineteenth century.’
      • ‘SOME AUSTRALIAN MUNICIPALITIES were rating on unimproved land values as early as the 1850s.’
      • ‘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 success’
    • ‘In a recent blind tasting, judges rated a #15 bottle of American Cabernet Sauvignon over a #250 bottle of 1993 Chteau Petrus.’
    • ‘The magazine's judges have rated Senna the best driver ever, followed by Fangio, Schumacher, Jim Clark and Alain Prost.’
    • ‘After all, he did win a nationwide poll to find whom the public rated our most honest politician, though I've always considered ‘honest politician’ something of an oxymoron.’
    • ‘The judges rated her only mediocre, but she placed third in her group in no small part due to Simon picking on her for her weight.’
    • ‘At present, only office buildings can be rated, but a program for schools will be announced soon, and programs for retail and hospitality facilities are expected out by the end of the year.’
    • ‘Despite being rated by many good judges as good a lock as has played for Scotland over the past decade, Grimes' international career has run far from smoothly.’
    • ‘Kingston has been rated the 27th worst borough in London for quality of life in a survey out this week.’
    • ‘How could WorldCom, a company that was in financial trouble, issue bonds that were rated investment grade quality?’
    • ‘A recent indoor rugby union Test between Australia and South Africa was rated a success by the host union and stadium officials.’
    • ‘Even yours truly rated a fleeting mention so of course it must be rated a sterling success.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Students from the two programs rated their own and their peers' experience of how gender education effects therapy, program culture, and personal life.’
    • ‘Having graduated from the university of life through his extensive travels, Martin, a self made man, must be rated among the most successful business people ever to come from the heather county.’
    • ‘So Target's experiment - which may have cost a million dollars - must be rated a resounding success.’
    • ‘Bents Green is rated as a highly successful school and during its last inspection it was found to have many strengths and no weaknesses.’
    • ‘For example, in Malaysia and Korea, prospects do not rate themselves highly nor share past successes easily.’
    • ‘Upstream of York and as it flowed through the city, the Ouse was rated to be of ‘very good’ biological quality last year.’
    • ‘Even business magazines in Brazil have rated Porto Alegre as the city with the highest quality of life.’
    • ‘Yet another Pattern Festival has come and gone and this one has to be rated most successful.’
    • ‘I can't believe I'm rating this so highly, but my judgement is clouded by all the nights out where this got everyone dancing.’
    consider to be, judge to be, reckon to be, think to be, hold to be, deem to be, find to be
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    1. 2.1[no object, with adverbial] Be regarded in a specified way:
      ‘Jeff still rates as one of the nicest people I have ever met’
      • ‘Elvis Presley came second, and Unchained Melody, by various artists, also rated highly.’
      • ‘Environmental quality rated considerably ahead of CEO preference - frequently alluded to as a key location factor for high tech companies.’
      • ‘Mr Ahern said that Lissadell House is considered of national importance and is so rated in the national inventory of architectural heritage.’
      • ‘Neither of us seems to be very sure just how safe blogs are as statements of personal opinion, whether they rate as a public diary or as a written statement of fact.’
      • ‘How the schools rated was a key consideration for Greg Turner when he began his full-time MBA at Manchester Business School last year.’
      • ‘So how do election counts rate in terms of viewer involvement?’
      • ‘Younis Khan, another young talent rated very highly in his country did his bit at one end.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2informal [with object] Have a high opinion of:
      ‘Mike certainly rated her, goodness knows why’
      • ‘WHAT IS THE HUMAN QUALITY most rated by Californians?’
      think highly of, have a high opinion of, admire, think much of, set much store by, hold in esteem, esteem, value, hold in high regard
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    3. 2.3[with object] Be worthy of; merit:
      ‘the ambassador rated a bulletproof car and a police escort’
      • ‘He barely rates a mention, naturally, and when he is mentioned he is sneered at.’
      • ‘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.’
      merit, deserve, warrant, be worthy of, be worth, be entitled to, be deserving of, have a claim to, have a right to
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Phrases

  • at any rate

    • 1Whatever happens or may have happened:

      ‘for the moment, at any rate, he was safe’
      • ‘But at any rate, what taboos will cinema breach after the next twenty-five years, the next fifty?’
      • ‘Such, at any rate, was the answer that rang back at my moment of frustration and paralysis and panic.’
      • ‘It is a refreshing change, at any rate, from the world of suited and booted gentry that dominates a channel like CNBC.’
      • ‘The workforce has, at any rate, been trimmed down over the years.’
      • ‘I am, at any rate, tempted to apply it to creatures like Professors Thornton and Campbell.’
      • ‘We know only that the transfer was made, at any rate, according to a public statement by Earl Huntley.’
      in any case, anyhow, anyway, at all events, in any event, nevertheless
      whatever happens, no matter what happens, come what may, regardless, notwithstanding
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      1. 1.1Used to clarify or emphasize a statement:
        ‘the story, or at any rate, a public version of it, was known and remembered’
        • ‘I don't have any evidence of that, but at any rate his movement to do away with whatever he imported was started much earlier.’
        • ‘The cure is simplicity itself, and in the neighbourhood of London, at any rate, could be carried out without any expense whatever.’
        • ‘Great story for a kid at any rate, because kids love horrific things.’
        • ‘If they are thus verified, such states may be taken to be universal, at any rate for human beings.’
        • ‘Fortunately in England at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.’
        • ‘The ones who turned up on the first day, which was I think most of the team, or most of the ones who turned up at any rate, haven't been punished?’
        • ‘Nehru had an unusual capacity - unusual among politicians at any rate - to view both sides of the question.’
        • ‘Also as usual, at any rate with Waters, there is a lesbian love story involved.’
        • ‘Inevitably, some of the experts would be regarded, at any rate by some people, as even more distinguished than others.’
        • ‘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.’
  • 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 to’
      • ‘This week is going to drag on for ever at this rate.’
      • ‘Neither are ever likely to get finished at this rate; perhaps I'd be better off turning them into short stories or something.’
      • ‘Mate, enjoy making fun of our columnists because they've only got a few years left at this rate…’
      • ‘At that rate, bankers and expense account diners only need apply.’
      • ‘But, in an e-mail to the executive committee, Mr Middleton claims there will be no students left at this rate.’
      • ‘Plus I can do it whilst continuing on with Season 6 of The X-Files on video as I'm never going to get it fiinshed at this rate!’
      • ‘I'll probably end up stabbed in a gutter somewhere at this rate.’
      • ‘Still, it would be pretty hard to include ‘computer consultant’ on my business card at this rate.’
      • ‘We were going to have no chairs left at all, at this rate.’
      • ‘Heck, at this rate, they'll be bringing back disco and the polyester leisure suit.’
      • ‘So, at this rate, the goal of universal basic education could be attained by 2006: nine years ahead of schedule.’
  • rate of return

    • The annual income from an investment expressed as a proportion (usually a percentage) of the original investment.

      • ‘In order to do that, the tax system must let savers earn the full gross rate of return on their investments.’
      • ‘These results show a very high private rate of return to investment in tertiary education.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because of the time value of money, the longer the person lives, the lower the rate of return on the investment.’
      • ‘This steepness indicates a large rate of return from transferring income from the young to the old.’
      • ‘There is a huge problem with the simple assumption that your expected annual rate of return is the same each and every year.’
      • ‘We do not actually attempt to get, say, a 10 percent real rate of return on the investment in our roading system.’
      • ‘It is because the interest deduction impacts an investor's after-tax rate of return.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has a high equity content of 80 per cent and a good rate of return.’

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.

Pronunciation:

rate

/reɪt/

Main definitions of rate in English

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rate2

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.

Pronunciation:

rate

/reɪt/

Main definitions of rate in English

: rate1rate2rate3

rate3

verb

  • variant spelling of ret

Pronunciation:

rate

/reɪt/