transitive verb-·rat′ed, -·rat′ing
Origin of beratebe- + rate
A woman berates her daughter.
An example of berate is an angry parent yelling at his child.
transitive verbbe·rat·ed, be·rat·ing, be·rates
Origin of beratebe- rate 2
(third-person singular simple present berates, present participle berating, simple past and past participle berated)
From be- + rate (“to scold, upbraid”), from Middle English raten (“to scold, chide”), from Old Norse hrata (“to refuse, reject, slight, find fault with”), from Proto-Germanic *hratjaną, *hratōną (“to sway, shake”), from Proto-Indo-European *krad- (“to swing”). Cognate with Swedish rata (“to reject, refuse, find fault, slight”), Norwegian rata (“to reject, cast aside”), Old English hratian (“to rush, hasten”).