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English Dictionary: rate by the DICT Development Group
5 results for rate
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. 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"
  2. amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis; "a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5"
    Synonym(s): rate, charge per unit
  3. the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated"
    Synonym(s): pace, rate
  4. a quantity or amount or measure considered as a proportion of another quantity or amount or measure; "the literacy rate"; "the retention rate"; "the dropout rate"
  1. assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
    Synonym(s): rate, rank, range, order, grade, place
  2. be worthy of or have a certain rating; "This bond rates highly"
  3. estimate the value of; "How would you rate his chances to become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the Romans"
    Synonym(s): rate, value
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rate \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rate \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.
               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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rate \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rate \Rate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rated}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      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.
      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.] [bd]To rate the truce.[b8] --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.
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