The definition of a rate is a quantity measured and compared to another quantity measured (such as a number of miles per hour) or is the cost of something.(noun)
Rate is defined as to judge or estimate the value of something.(verb)
An example of to rate is to assign scores in a singing competition.
See rate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: OFr < L rata (pars), reckoned (part), fem. of ratus, pp. of reri, to reckon < IE *rē-, var. of base *ar-, to fit, join > art, order
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Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Medieval Latin rata, proportion
Origin: , short for Latin (prō) ratā (parte), (according to a) fixed (part)
Origin: , from feminine ablative past participle of rērī, to consider, reckon; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
verb rat·ed, rat·ing, rates verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English raten
Origin: , perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
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