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Rate appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • One tariff I rate, no?
  • Not new, at a retarded rate, Rat A went on.
  • Deer gas a wet arena for pay: a profane rate was agreed.
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Usage statistics for the noun rate:

spoken English29.85%written English70.15% conversational speech19.51%task-oriented speech80.49% imaginative writing8.1%informational writing91.9%
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Rate is sometimes a misspelling of jam.

The word rate is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun rate

What does rate mean as a name of something?

Rate is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: rates

  1. a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit
  2. amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis
  3. the relative speed of progress or change
  4. a quantity or amount or measure considered as a proportion of another quantity or amount or measure
    • examples: the literacy rate | the retention rate | the dropout rate
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: proportion = the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole

Alternative definition of the noun rate


  1. [obsolete] The estimated worth of something; value. [definition 15th-19th c.]
  2. The proportional relationship between one amount, value etc. and another. [definition from 15th c.]
  3. Speed. [definition from 17th c.]
  4. The relative speed of change or progress. [definition from 18th c.]
  5. The price of (an individual) thing; cost. [definition from 16th c.]
  6. A set price or charge for all examples of a given case, commodity, service etc. [definition from 16th c.]
  7. A wage calculated in relation to a unit of time.
  8. Any of various taxes, especially those levied by a local authority. [definition from 17th c.]
  9. [nautical] A class into which ships were assigned based on condition, size etc.; by extension, rank.

Definition of the verb rate

What does rate mean as a doing word?

Rate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: rated | rating | rates

  1. assign a rank or rating to
    • examples: The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide | Sam and Sue rate the movie
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]I considered how he could become professor
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with preposition and -ing]They considered him as being stupid
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]They considered that he was the professor
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, to be]They considered him to be the professor
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I considered how to be a professor

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): acknowledge, deem, esteem, imagine, reckon, report, view.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of rate: grade / order / place / range / rank
    • more generic terms: evaluate / judge / pass judgment = form a critical opinion of
    • more specific words:
  2. be worthy of or have a certain rating
    • example: This bond rates highly
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] as [Predicate]Dina masqueraded as a lawyer

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): behave, camouflage, count, function, masquerade, officiate, qualify, rank.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  3. estimate the value of
    • examples: How would you rate his chances to become President? | Gold was rated highly among the Romans
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]The dealer valued the book
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] at [Value]The dealer valued the book at $200

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): appraise, approximate, assess, auction, calibrate, estimate, fix, gauge, peg, price, reappraise, value.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of rate: value
    • more generic words: appraise / assess / evaluate / measure / valuate / value = evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
    • more specific word: revalue = value anew


"Rate" a.k.a. "Raté" is a cataloged instance, composition.


  1. Rate a.k.a. Rates are a type of property tax system in the United Kingdom, and in places with systems deriving from the British one, the proceeds of which are used to fund local government. Some other countries have taxes with a more or less comparable role, for example France's taxe d'habitation.
  2. Rate: In mathematics, a rate is a ratio between two measurements with different units. If the unit or quantity in respect of which something is changing is not specified, usually the rate is per unit time. However, a rate of change can be specified per unit time, or per unit of length or mass or another quantity. The most common type of rate is "per unit time", such as speed, heart rate and flux. Ratios that have a non-time denominator include exchange rates, literacy rates and electric flux.
  3. Rate: The percentage of people who applied in a given year that were actually admitted.
  4. Rate: Rental cost for the studio per day.
  5. Rate: The percentage rate number, for example, 8.5 to represent 8.5%. This number should be divided by 100 before being used in computations.

Phrases with Rate

  1. Rate Tart
  2. to rate
  3. Bit rate
  4. cut rate
  5. cut-rate
  6. pay rate
  7. Run rate
  8. sed rate
  9. tax rate
  10. bank rate
  11. base rate
  12. baud rate
  13. data rate
  14. dose rate
  15. Flat rate
  16. Flat-Rate
  17. flow rate
  18. Over Rate
  19. Over-Rate
  20. Rack Rate

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Rate

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Google previewСтатистика Здоровья Матери И Ребенка (1998)

Российская Федерация И Соединенные Штаты Америки, Избранные Годи 1985-1995

RateA rate is a measure of some event, disease, or condition in relation to a unit of population, along with some specification of time. of infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Neonatal mortality rate is the number of deaths of children under 28 ...

Google preview101 Investment Tools for Buying Low & Selling High (2016)

by Jae K. Shim, Jonathan Lansner

The discount rate is the rate the Federal Reserve Board charges on loans to banks that belong to the Fed system. The federal...

Google previewSocial Mobility in Contemporary China (2005)

by Zhongguo she hui ke xue yuan. Dang dai zhongguo she hui jie ceng jie gou ke ti zu

The total mobility rate refers to the proportion of occupational or stratum status that has changed in the intergenerational or intragenerational mobility tables. The immobility rate refers to the proportion of occupational or stratum status that does ...

Google previewActs of Faith (2000)

Explaining the Human Side of Religion by Rodney Stark, Roger Finke

The ordination rate is the number of secular (or parish) priests ordained in each diocese (such ordinates being of local origins even if they studied elsewhere for the priesthood). The seminarian rate is the number of local men enrolled in ...

Google previewFinancial Theory (2015)

Perspectives from China by Xingyun Peng

The exchange rate is a price relation between one currency and another.

Google previewMaking Sense of Data (2001)

A Self-Instruction Manual on the Interpretation of Epidemiological Data by J. H. Abramson, Z. H. Abramson

Prevalence Rates A prevalence rate is the proportion of individuals in a group or population who have a given disease or other attribute at a given time, multiplied by 100, 1,000, etc.

Apoint prevalence rate refers to a specific point of time.

Google previewBest of Five MCQs for MRCPsych Paper 2 (2010)

by Lena Palaniyappan, Rajeev Krishnadas

Crude mortality rate is the ratio between number of deaths due to all cause in a population and total population size.

Google previewExperimental Design (2012)

Procedures for the Behavioral Sciences by Roger E. Kirk

The percontrast error rate is the probability that any one of the contrasts will be incorrectly declared significant. Testing each contrast at the α′ level of significance allows the error rate for the family of contrasts to increase as the number of ...

Google previewAnalytical Approaches to Stabilization and Adjustment Programs (1992)

by Cadman Atta Mills, Raj Nallari

Exchange Rates The exchange rate is a key macroeconomic variable in discussions of economic reform.

Google previewIMF Staff Papers (2002)

Volume 49 by Mr. Robert P. Flood

exchange rate is the exchange rate between two currencies that would equate the...

Google previewThe Business Man's Encyclopedia (1905)

A Hip-pocket Business Counsellor ...

SUnless a different rate is expresslv stipulated. flUnder seal, 20 years. liStore accounts; other accounts 3 years; accounts between merchants 5 years. ttNew York has by a recent law legalized any rate. 264 BUSINESS MAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

Classes ' 1st Rate. 2d Rate. 3d Rate. 4th Rite. for DisL tribution of s . BANKS AND RATINGS. $132}: No. Pay per No. _ Pay per No_ Pay per No_ Pay per and Month. Month. Month. Month. Sloops. L.J. d. L.| d. L. t id. L.|.d{Volunteen lst class .

Google previewDictionary of Petroleum Exploration, Drilling & Production, 2nd Edition (2014)

by Norman Hyne Ph.D.

heatflow rate 2) flow rate 3) charge 4) quality factor 5) tetrajoule 6) shale volume 7) quartile 8) apparent total porosity fraction occupied by dispersed clay or shale 9) quantity 11 ) ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

This fraction equals the attributable fraction calculated from the incidence proportion, but is not the same as the quantity computed from the rates because the rate fraction does not account for the effect of exposure on PERSONTIME.

Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1992)

Volume 4 - Communications Human Factors to Cryptology by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

or by the bit rate available (digital TDM); consequently, the bandwidth or bit rate allocated to a channel is defined by network information-transfer protocols.

Google previewThe Pirate Dictionary

by Breverton, Terry

RATE The classification of ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

RATE MANUAL granting of deemed wage credits for military service prior to 1957; and annual reimbursements were made from the general fund of the Treasury Department to the health insurance (HI) trust fund for these costs. The Social ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tariffs and Trade in U.S. History: The encyclopedia (2003)

by Cynthia Clark Northrup, Elaine C. Prange Turney

By 1938, Great Britain raised the rate on American auto imports to 33.3 percent while the United States retained the 10 percent rate. The success of the auto industry during the war resulted in a recommendation by the Public Advisory Board ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Retirement and Finance (2003)

by Lois A. Vitt

PERSONAL SAVING RATE. Despite the economic prosperity of the late 1990s, the personal saving rate has declined steadily in recent years in the United States and is now very low compared to historical levels and to the saving rates ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Insurance and Finance (2014)

by John Clark

rate Amount of money charged or paid, calculated according to a certain rule or ratio. In insurance, it is the sum a policyholder pays an insur' ance company, usually stated per £100 or £1000 ofcover. rate ...

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Usage statistics about rate

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun rate:

spoken English29.85%written English70.15% conversational speech19.51%task-oriented speech80.49% imaginative writing8.1%informational writing91.9%

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First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people. (Andre Weil)
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Scrabble value of R1A1T1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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