Main definitions of rate in English

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

    ‘the basic rate of pay’
    ‘advertising rates’
    • ‘Apartments are priced at three rates, depending on the rental guarantees attached.’
    • ‘China is not a natural candidate for a fixed exchange rate against the dollar.’
    • ‘The company offers air fares to Germany and Belgium, at rates equal to the prices of bus tickets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Mumbai and Pune, rickshaws have meters, and a fixed rate by which you pay them.’
    • ‘Variable rates mean you pay the going rate on your loan.’
    • ‘At present all non-domestic users pay a fixed rate for water irrespective of the quantity that they use.’
    • ‘The main reason for this move is that the rate of airport expenses of the Universal Postal Union has dropped.’
    • ‘They pay WordPress a fixed rate for this service and then give them the content.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Hughes remained hopeful he may have been signalling a move to cut rates in the near term.’
    • ‘Due to increased competition there is now a greater choice of mortgages available, including discounted variable rates and fixed rate deals.’
    • ‘The average hourly rate of pay must not be less than your minimum hourly rate of pay illustrated on the table above.’
    • ‘Borrowers can choose from fixed or variable rates, with terms ranging from five to 30 years, with the longer time frame proving most popular.’
    • ‘The rental rate includes all the fixed costs of operating a facility expressed on a square footage basis.’
    • ‘According to Martin, daily technical trainer contract rates vary depending on individual areas of specialisation.’
    • ‘I was going to charge them an hourly rate with an estimate of how long I thought it was going to be.’
    • ‘However, mortgage lenders are still offering very tasty fixed and variable rates.’
    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 some other amount, or as a basis of calculation.
      ‘you'll find our current interest rate very competitive’
      • ‘The actual average annual exchange rate in 1978 was US $0.877 / CA $1.00.’
      • ‘The interest accumulates on a daily basis and the rate is 11.75 per cent per annum.’
      • ‘If so, he also may be liable for state and local income taxes, which combined amount to a rate of 10.44 per cent.’
      • ‘If America's central bank moves to increase rates sharply, it will derail the economy and stifle any increase in markets.’
      • ‘"It is expected that commercial banks will respond by lowering their lending base rates, " he explained.’
      • ‘If she gets pregnant, the interest rate drops by one basis point for one year.’
      • ‘Discounted rates offer a permanent discount off the lender's variable rate.’
      • ‘Fifteen-year fixed mortgage rates rose 7 basis points to 5.47 %.’
      • ‘However, very few if any endowment policies have matched the interest rate being charged on debt and bonds.’
      • ‘A person on $60,000 pays a marginal tax rate of 47 per cent on the next dollar they earn.’
      • ‘Why linger with a lender's standard variable rate when you can borrow more cheaply with a bit of effort?’
      • ‘If only one spouse is working, they can earn up to €37,000 before moving to the higher rate of tax.’
      • ‘A transfer of property between blood relatives is charged at half the rate of stamp duty which would otherwise apply.’
      • ‘At the moment we think that highly taxed New Zealanders pay a marginal tax rate of 39 percent.’
      • ‘Instead, the House voted to cut the maximum tax rates on both dividends and capital gains to 15 percent.’
      • ‘On exiting the scheme, tax is charged at a rate of 23 per cent on the interest earned.’
      • ‘But today's low interest rates have prevented some policies from earning enough to automatically pay those premiums.’
      • ‘Repayments will increase dramatically if the rate moves towards 3%, as predicted.’
      • ‘The Bank of England was ‘clearly ready to move’ on rates if necessary, said the governor, Sir Eddie George.’
      • ‘And, in fact, since the early 1990s interest rates have fallen and loan maturities have lengthened on average.’
      percentage, ratio, proportion, scale, standard
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    2. 2.2usually 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Local government gained its revenue from rates, a tax on land.’
      • ‘Remember, it is our money, directly as taxes and rates or indirectly as rent, that pays for council services.’
      • ‘We council tax payers pay rates to Central Government, which later gives money to the council to pay for such expenses.’

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 maneuvers’
    [with object and complement] ‘the hotel, rated four star, had no hot water and no sink plugs’
    • ‘All items were rated on a scale ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree.’
    • ‘Renault now has three out of the six cars so far to have achieved a top five-star rating.’
    • ‘A two-star rating means the hospital has performed well overall but has not achieved consistently high standards.’
    • ‘Colm Picked up an injury in training last Saturday and is rated very doubtful.’
    • ‘They were also asked to describe their outfits on a 7-point Likert scale rating four options: natural, modest, bold, and sexy.’
    • ‘Items are rated on a four-point scale with the anchors strongly agree and strongly disagree.’
    • ‘They achieved a three-star rating for three successive years.’
    • ‘For the effect it had on my skin I would rate it four stars.’
    • ‘Almost every one of the albums was rated four stars by customers.’
    • ‘The on-loan Belgian had not trained since then and was rated highly doubtful for tonight.’
    • ‘Greek companies had the lowest overall average rating at 2.93 with Japan at 3.57.’
    • ‘Aidan O'Mahony sustained a thigh injury in the drawn encounter, and is rated doubtful.’
    • ‘Each recommendation was rated according to the level of scientific information available to support the statement.’
    • ‘In July, its sovereign credit rating was downgraded.’
    • ‘Only 10 % of films rated PG or PG - 13 contained no smoking.’
    • ‘The institute rates cars on a scale of poor, marginal, acceptable and good.’
    • ‘I have rated them on a scale of zero to four stars.’
    • ‘The four basic physiological components of fitness are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent.’
    • ‘What I meant was the story is rated PG - 13 for language.’
    • ‘The president's high approval rating is rooted in patriotism, not a broad embrace of Bush's conservative policies.’
    • ‘But it was rated PG - 13 and faced no new competition.’
    • ‘I'd rate it four stars out of five. Lots of duelling in that movie - lots of new monsters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Until 1999, Star Wars films were rated on a scale of 10 to 10 with no exceptions.’
    • ‘Social services in Kingston has retained its top three-star rating following an assessment by the commission for social care.’
    • ‘Items were rated on a scale from zero to three.’
    • ‘It's not exactly possible to rate abortion on a scale of one star to five, is it?’
    assess, evaluate, appraise, weigh up, judge, estimate, calculate, compute, gauge, measure, adjudge, value, put a value on
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    1. 1.1 Assign a standard, optimal, or limiting rating to (a piece of equipment)
      ‘its fuel economy is rated at 25 miles a gallon in the city’
      • ‘Hansen's truck is powered by a Brent Voges-built 327-cid engine that is rated at 250 horsepower.’
      • ‘For example, my digital camera uses four nickel-cadmium batteries that are rated at 1.25 volts and 500 milliamp-hours for each cell.’
      • ‘Four diesel engines type 12V595 TE90 from MTU are each rated at 4.2MW.’
      • ‘Compared to this, the Transmeta processor in the forthcoming machine from Sony is rated at 600MHz.’
      • ‘The Holley Dominator four-barrel is rated at 1,050 cfm.’
      • ‘The strongest flares on record, in 1989 and 2001, were rated at X20.’
      • ‘This type of heater typically is rated at 1500-watts.’
      • ‘The transmission system is rated at 900 hp for improved high temperature and high altitude performance.’
      • ‘The engine is rated at 24 hp at 3400, which is more than sufficient.’
      • ‘The unit's battery is removable, and is rated at 1200mAh.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fan is slightly larger than nVidia's reference, and is rated at 10.6CFM.’
      • ‘To prevent DVT, the stocking must be rated at least 15 mm Hg to 20 mm Hg compression.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two of the machines are rated at 56 hp, and two have 81 hp.’
      • ‘The two low magnetic field electric motors feature compensated stray fields and are each rated at 125kW for minehunting.’
      • ‘In stock form, the Ecotec is rated at 140 horsepower.’
      • ‘Symmetrix DMX is rated at 64GBps of peak internal bandwidth, which is a huge leap over the Symmetrix 8000's 1.6GBps.’
      • ‘The Opteron is being rated at a thermal design power, or thermal tolerance, of 80 watts, according to sources.’
    2. 1.2British 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.’
      • ‘The earlier Transvaal Ordinance effectively prevented flat rating or total value rating.’
      • ‘SOME AUSTRALIAN MUNICIPALITIES were rating on unimproved land values as early as the 1850s.’
  • 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’
    • ‘The magazine's judges have rated Senna the best driver ever, followed by Fangio, Schumacher, Jim Clark and Alain Prost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bents Green is rated as a highly successful school and during its last inspection it was found to have many strengths and no weaknesses.’
    • ‘Even yours truly rated a fleeting mention so of course it must be rated a sterling success.’
    • ‘Students from the two programs rated their own and their peers' experience of how gender education effects therapy, program culture, and personal life.’
    • ‘How could WorldCom, a company that was in financial trouble, issue bonds that were rated investment grade quality?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So Target's experiment - which may have cost a million dollars - must be rated a resounding success.’
    • ‘Kingston has been rated the 27th worst borough in London for quality of life in a survey out this week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Upstream of York and as it flowed through the city, the Ouse was rated to be of ‘very good’ biological quality last year.’
    • ‘Yet another Pattern Festival has come and gone and this one has to be rated most successful.’
    • ‘A recent indoor rugby union Test between Australia and South Africa was rated a success by the host union and stadium officials.’
    • ‘In a recent blind tasting, judges rated a #15 bottle of American Cabernet Sauvignon over a #250 bottle of 1993 Chteau Petrus.’
    • ‘Even business magazines in Brazil have rated Porto Alegre as the city with the highest quality of life.’
    • ‘For example, in Malaysia and Korea, prospects do not rate themselves highly nor share past successes easily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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] Be regarded in a specified way.
      ‘Jeff still rates as one of the nicest people I have ever met’
      • ‘How the schools rated was a key consideration for Greg Turner when he began his full-time MBA at Manchester Business School last year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So how do election counts rate in terms of viewer involvement?’
      • ‘Environmental quality rated considerably ahead of CEO preference - frequently alluded to as a key location factor for high tech companies.’
      • ‘Elvis Presley came second, and Unchained Melody, by various artists, also rated highly.’
    2. 2.2 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’
      • ‘The workforce has, at any rate, been trimmed down over the years.’
      • ‘Such, at any rate, was the answer that rang back at my moment of frustration and paralysis and panic.’
      • ‘I am, at any rate, tempted to apply it to creatures like Professors Thornton and Campbell.’
      • ‘It is a refreshing change, at any rate, from the world of suited and booted gentry that dominates a channel like CNBC.’
      • ‘We know only that the transfer was made, at any rate, according to a public statement by Earl Huntley.’
      • ‘But at any rate, what taboos will cinema breach after the next twenty-five years, the next fifty?’
      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 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’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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?’
        • ‘Great story for a kid at any rate, because kids love horrific things.’
        • ‘Fortunately in England at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.’
        • ‘Inevitably, some of the experts would be regarded, at any rate by some people, as even more distinguished than others.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘If they are thus verified, such states may be taken to be universal, at any rate for human beings.’
        • ‘The cure is simplicity itself, and in the neighbourhood of London, at any rate, could be carried out without any expense whatever.’
  • at this (or that) rate

    • 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’
      • ‘Heck, at this rate, they'll be bringing back disco and the polyester leisure suit.’
      • ‘Mate, enjoy making fun of our columnists because they've only got a few years left 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.’
      • ‘Neither are ever likely to get finished at this rate; perhaps I'd be better off turning them into short stories or something.’
      • ‘At that rate, bankers and expense account diners only need apply.’
      • ‘We were going to have no chairs left at all, at this rate.’
      • ‘So, at this rate, the goal of universal basic education could be attained by 2006: nine years ahead of schedule.’
      • ‘This week is going to drag on for ever at this rate.’
      • ‘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!’

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

/rāt/

Main definitions of rate in English

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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.

Pronunciation

rate

/rāt/