- 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.
- An example of a rate is being paid $10 per hour.
- An example of a rate is the price of gas.
- Rate is defined as to judge or estimate the value of something.
An example of to rate is to assign scores in a singing competition.
rate definition by Webster's New World
- the amount, degree, etc. of anything in relation to units of something else: the rate of pay per month, rate of speed per hour
- a fixed ratio; proportion
- a price or value; specif., the cost per unit of some commodity, service, etc.: insurance rate
- speed of movement or action: to read at a moderate rate
- the amount of time gained or lost by a timepiece within a specified period
- Now Rare a class or rank: of the first rate
- Brit. a local property tax: usually used in pl.
- Obsolete amount; quantity
- U.S. Navy the grade of a petty officer within a rating: the sailor's rate is Quartermaster first class
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin rata (pars), reckoned (part), feminine of ratus, past participle of reri, to reckon ; from Indo-European an unverified form rē-, variant, variety of base an unverified form ar-, to fit, join from source art, order
- to estimate the value, worth, strength, capacity, etc. of; appraise
- to put into a particular class or rank
- U.S. Navy to assign a rate to
- to consider; esteem: they are rated among the best
- to fix or determine the rates for
- Informal to deserve: to rate an increase
- to be classed or ranked
- to have value, status, or rating
rate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A quantity measured with respect to another measured quantity: a rate of speed of 60 miles an hour.
- A measure of a part with respect to a whole; a proportion: the mortality rate; a tax rate.
- The cost per unit of a commodity or service: postal rates.
- A charge or payment calculated in relation to a particular sum or quantity: interest rates.
- Level of quality.
- Chiefly British A locally assessed property tax. Often used in the plural.
- To calculate the value of; appraise. See Synonyms at estimate.
- To place in a particular rank or grade.
- To regard or account: rated the movie excellent.
- To value for purposes of taxation.
- To set a rate for (goods to be shipped).
- To specify the performance limits of (a machine, for example): This fuse is rated at 50 amperes.
- Informal To merit or deserve: people that rate special treatment. See Synonyms at earn1.
- To be ranked in a particular class.
- Informal To have status, importance, or influence.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin rata, proportion, short for Latin (prō) ratā (parte), (according to a) fixed (part), 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, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
rate - Business Definition
- A price or charge relative to some basis such as units or time. For example, a plumber's rate for labor is $25 per hour.
- See interest rate.
rate - Legal Definition
- A fixed or stated price for a specified unit of a commodity or service, such as $2 per pound or $9 per hour; a percentage of an amount, such as
- percent interest on capital; a relative or proportional value.
rate - Medical Definition
- A quantity measured with respect to another measured quantity.
- A measure of a part with respect to a whole; a proportion.
rate - Phrases/Idioms
at any rate
- in any event; whatever happens
- at least; anyway
at any rate
- Whatever the case may be.
- At least.