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Rate [ME rate(n) < ML rata < L phrase prõ parte according to a fixed part [i.e., proportionally], rata fem. of ratus. ptp. of réví to judge] 1. the amount of a charge or payment with reference to some basis of calculation: a high rate of interest. 2. a certain quantity or amount of something considered in relation to a unit of something else: at the rate of 60 miles an hour. 3. a fixed charge per unit of quantity; a rate of 10 cents a pound. 4. price; cost: to cut rates on all household items. 5. degree of speed; pace, progress, etc.: to work at a rapid rate. 6. degree or comparative extent of action or procedure: the rate of increase in work output. 7. relative condition or quality; grade, class, or sort. 8. assigned position in any of a series of graded classes; rating. 9. Insurance, the premium charge per unit of insurance. 10. a charge by a common carrier for transportation. 11. a wage paid on a time basis. 12. a charge or price established in accordance with a scale or standard. 13. Horol. the relative adherence of a timepiece to perfect timekeeping measured in terms of the amount of time gained or lost within a certain period. 14. Usually, rates. Brit. a. a tax on property for some local purpose. b. any tax asessed and paid to a local governemnt. 15. at any rate, at all events; at least; still. -v.t. 16. to estimate the value or worth of; appraise. 17. to consider, regard, or account. 18. to fix at a certain rate, as of charge of payment. 19. to value, as for purposes of taxation. 20. to make subject to a certain rate or tax. 21. to place in a certain rank, class, etc., as a ship or a seaman. 22. to arrange for the conveyance of [goods] at a certain rate. -v.i. 23. to have value, standing, etc.: Her performrance didn't rate very high in the competition. 24. to have position in a certain class. 25. to rank very high in estimation: The new teacher really rates with her class.
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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