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1‘a fixed rate of interest’
percentage, ratio, proportion, scale, standard
2‘boats can be hired for a reasonable daily rate’
charge, price, cost, tariff, hire, fare, figure, amount, outlay
tax, duty, levy, toll
fee, remuneration, pay, payment, wage, allowance
3‘the rate of change was very fast’
speed, pace, tempo, velocity, momentum
informal clip, lick
1‘they were asked to rate their ability at different driving manoeuvres’
assess, evaluate, appraise, weigh up, judge, estimate, calculate, compute, gauge, measure, adjudge, value, put a value on
grade, rank, classify, class, categorize, position, place
2‘the scheme was rated as no more than moderately effective’
consider to be, judge to be, reckon to be, think to be, hold to be, deem to be, find to be
regard, account, esteem, mark down as, look on, count
3‘his statement rated only a brief mention near the end of the report’
merit, deserve, warrant, be worthy of, be worth, be entitled to, be deserving of, have a claim to, have a right to
4‘I think he's okay, but Benny doesn't rate him’
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
‘it is obviously improving at a rate of knots’
rapidly, speedily, swiftly, quickly, fast, post-haste, at speed, at full speed, at the speed of light, at full tilt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop
promptly, immediately, briskly
hastily, hurriedly, precipitately
p.d.q., p.d.q. pretty damn quick, double quick, at a lick, hell for leather, pronto, at the double, at wasp speed, a mile a minute, like the wind, like a bomb, like a bat out of hell, like a scalded cat, like the deuce, like nobody's business, like lightning, like greased lightning, like a madman, like a madwoman
like the clappers, like billy-o
‘at any rate, I think I'm in with a chance’
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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