Definitions for: Rate


[n] the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated"
[n] amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis; "a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5"
[n] a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit; "they traveled at a rate of 55 miles per hour"; "the rate of change was faster than expected"
[v] assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
[v] be worthy of or have a certain rating; "This bond rates highly"



Webster (1913) Definition: Rate, v. t. & i. [Perh. fr. E. rate, v. t., to value at a
certain rate, to estimate, but more prob. fr. Sw. rata to
find fault, to blame, to despise, to hold cheap; cf. Icel.
hrat refuse, hrati rubbish.]
To chide with vehemence; to scold; to censure violently.
--Spencer.

Go, rate thy minions, proud, insulting boy! --Shak.

Conscience is a check to beginners in sin, reclaiming
them from it, and rating them for it. --Barrow.


Rate, n. [OF., fr. L. rata (sc. pars), fr. ratus
reckoned, fixed by calculation, p. p. of reri to reckon, to
calculate. Cf. Reason.]
1. Established portion or measure; fixed allowance.

The one right feeble through the evil rate, Of food
which in her duress she had found. --Spenser.

2. That which is established as a measure or criterion;
degree; standard; rank; proportion; ratio; as, a slow rate
of movement; rate of interest is the ratio of the interest
to the principal, per annum.

Heretofore the rate and standard of wit was
different from what it is nowadays. --South.

In this did his holiness and godliness appear above
the rate and pitch of other men's, in that he was so
. . . merciful. --Calamy.

Many of the horse could not march at that rate, nor
come up soon enough. --Clarendon.

3. Variation; prise fixed with relation to a standard; cost;
charge; as, high or low rates of transportation.

They come at dear rates from Japan. --Locke.

4. A tax or sum assessed by authority on property for public
use, according to its income or value; esp., in England, a
local tax; as, parish rates; town rates.

5. Order; arrangement. [Obs.]

Thus sat they all around in seemly rate. --Spenser.

6. Ratification; approval. [R.] --Chapman.

7. (Horol.) The gain or loss of a timepiece in a unit of
time; as, daily rate; hourly rate; etc.

8. (Naut.)
(a) The order or class to which a war vessel belongs,
determined according to its size, armament, etc.; as,
first rate, second rate, etc.
(b) The class of a merchant vessel for marine insurance,
determined by its relative safety as a risk, as A1,
A2, etc.


Rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rated; p. pr. & vb. n.
Rating.]
1. To set a certain estimate on; to value at a certain price
or degree.

To rate a man by the nature of his companions is a
rule frequent indeed, but not infallible. --South.

You seem not high enough your joys to rate.
--Dryden.

2. To assess for the payment of a rate or tax.

3. To settle the relative scale, rank, position, amount,
value, or quality of; as, to rate a ship; to rate a
seaman; to rate a pension.

4. To ratify. [Obs.] ``To rate the truce.'' --Chapman.

To rate a chronometer, to ascertain the exact rate of its
gain or loss as compared with true time, so as to make an
allowance or computation depended thereon.

Syn: To value; appraise; estimate; reckon.


Rate, v. i.
1. To be set or considered in a class; to have rank; as, the
ship rates as a ship of the line.

2. To make an estimate.

Synonyms: charge per unit, deserve, grade, merit, order, pace, place, range, rank, value

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