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1. A quantity measured with respect to another measured quantity: a rate of speed of 60 miles an hour.
2. A measure of a part with respect to a whole; a proportion: the mortality rate; a tax rate.
3. The cost per unit of a commodity or service: postal rates.
4. A charge or payment calculated in relation to a particular sum or quantity: interest rates.
5. Level of quality.
6. often rates Chiefly British A locally assessed property tax.
v. rat·ed, rat·ing, rates
a. To place in a particular class, rank, or grade: rated the film PG13; rated the bonds at junk level. See Synonyms at estimate.
b. To specify the performance limits of, especially according to a standard scale: This fuse is rated at 50 amperes. The fishing line is rated for 30 pounds.
2. To regard or consider as having a certain value: rated the movie excellent; rated him a fine cook.
3. Chiefly British To value for purposes of taxation.
4. To set a rate for (goods to be shipped).
5. Informal To merit or deserve: people that rate special treatment; an idea that rates attention. See Synonyms at earn.
1. To be ranked in a particular class: a wine that rates higher than any other.
2. Informal To have status, importance, or influence: Tea-flavored ice cream doesn't rate highly in my book.
at any rate
1. Whatever the case may be; in any case: You should at any rate apologize.
2. Used to indicate a revision or correction to a previous remark: We were delighted, or at any rate satisfied, with the results.
[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.]
v. rat·ed, rat·ing, rates Archaic
To express reproof.
[Middle English raten, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
(in some countries) a tax levied on property by a local authority
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Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
revenue enhancement, tax, taxation - charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government
poor rates - a local tax for the relief of the poor