• British second-rate. 1665
    British second-rate. 1665
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rate assign a rank or rating to "how would you rank these students?","The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
    • v rate estimate the value of "How would you rate his chances to become President?","Gold was rated highly among the Romans"
    • v rate be worthy of or have a certain rating "This bond rates highly"
    • n rate the relative speed of progress or change "he lived at a fast pace","he works at a great rate","the pace of events accelerated"
    • n rate amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis "a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5"
    • n rate a quantity or amount or measure considered as a proportion of another quantity or amount or measure "the literacy rate","the retention rate","the dropout rate"
    • n rate a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit "they traveled at a rate of 55 miles per hour","the rate of change was faster than expected"
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Midship section of a fourth-rate Midship section of a fourth-rate
British first-rate. 1794 British first-rate. 1794

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 55% of movies released are Rated R
    • Rate A tax or sum assessed by authority on property for public use, according to its income or value; esp., in England, a local tax; as, parish rates; town rates.
    • Rate Established portion or measure; fixed allowance. "The one right feeble through the evil rate Of food which in her duress she had found."
    • Rate Order; arrangement. "Thus sat they all around in seemly rate ."
    • Rate Ratification; approval.
    • Rate That which is established as a measure or criterion; degree; standard; rank; proportion; ratio; as, a slow rate of movement; rate of interest is the ratio of the interest to the principal, per annum. "Heretofore the rate and standard of wit was different from what it is nowadays.""In this did his holiness and godliness appear above the rate and pitch of other men's, in that he was so . . . merciful.""Many of the horse could not march at that rate , nor come up soon enough."
    • Rate (Naut) The class of a merchant vessel for marine insurance, determined by its relative safety as a risk, as A1, A2, etc.
    • Rate (Horol) The gain or loss of a timepiece in a unit of time; as, daily rate; hourly rate; etc.
    • Rate (Naut) The order or class to which a war vessel belongs, determined according to its size, armament, etc.; as, first rate, second rate, etc.
    • Rate To assess for the payment of a rate or tax.
    • Rate To be set or considered in a class; to have rank; as, the ship rates as a ship of the line.
    • v. t. & i Rate rāt To chide with vehemence; to scold; to censure violently; to berate. "Go, rate thy minions, proud, insulting boy!""Conscience is a check to beginners in sin, reclaiming them from it, and rating them for it."
    • Rate To make an estimate.
    • Rate To ratify. "To rate the truce."
    • Rate To set a certain estimate on; to value at a certain price or degree. "To rate a man by the nature of his companions is a rule frequent indeed, but not infallible.""You seem not high enough your joys to rate ."
    • Rate To settle the relative scale, rank, position, amount, value, or quality of; as, to rate a ship; to rate a seaman; to rate a pension.
    • Rate Valuation; price fixed with relation to a standard; cost; charge; as, high or low rates of transportation. "They come at dear rates from Japan."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The country of Andorra has a zero percent unemployment rate
    • rate To chide with vehemence; reprove; scold; censure violently.
    • rate To affect by chiding or reproving; restrain by vehement censure.
    • rate To utter vehement censure or reproof; inveigh scoldingly: with at.
    • n rate A reckoning by comparative values or relations; proportional estimation according to some standard; relative amount, quantity, range, or degree: as, the rate of interest is 6 per cent. (that is, $6 for every $100 for every year); the rate per mile of railroad charges. expenses, or speed; a rapid rate of growth or of progress.
    • n rate Charge or valuation according to a scale or standard; comparative price or amount of demand; a fixed measure of estimation.
    • n rate A fixed public tax or imposition assessed on property for some local purpose, usually according to income or value: as, poor- rates or church- rates in Great Britain.
    • n rate A proportion allotted or permitted; an allotment or provision; a regulated amount or supply.
    • n rate A relative scale of being, action, or conduct; comparative degree or extent of any mode of existence or procedure; proportion in manner or method: as, an extravagant rate of living or of expenditure. See at any rate, at no rate. below.
    • n rate Hence Mode or manner of arrangement; order; state.
    • n rate Degree, rank, or estimation; rating; appraisement: used of persons and their qualities.
    • n rate The order or class of a vessel, formerly regulated in the United States navy by the number of guns carried, but now by the tonnage displacement. Vessels of 5,000 tons displacement and over are of the first rate, of 3,000 and above but below 5,000 tons of the second rate, of 1,000 and above but below 3,000 tons of the third rate, of less than 1,000 tons of the fourth rate. In classifying the navies of England, France, and the other principal European powers the term class is used instead of rate, and relates not so much to the actual weight or power of the ships as to arbitrary divisions of types of vessels, and to their relative importance as battle-ships, cruisers, etc.
    • n rate In the United States navy, the grade or position of any one of the crew: same as rating, 2.
    • n rate In horology, the daily gain or loss of a chronometer or other timepiece. A losing rate is called by astronomers a positive rate, because it entails a positive correction to the difference of readings of the clock-face.
    • n rate Synonyms Assessment, Impost, etc. See tax.
    • rate To reckon by comparative estimation; regard as of such a value, rank, or degree; hold at a certain valuation or estimate; appraise; fix the value or price of.
    • rate To assess as to payment or contribution; fix the comparative liability of, for taxation or the like; reckon at so much in obligation or capability; set a rate upon.
    • rate To fix the relative scale, rank, or position of: as, to rate a ship; to rate a seaman.
    • rate To determine the rate of, or rate-error of, as a chronometer or other timepiece. See rate, n., 10.
    • rate To have value, rank, standing, or estimation: as, the vessel rates as a ship of the line.
    • n rate A ratification.
    • rate To ratify. To rate the truce they swore.
    • n rate A reproof; specifically, in hunting, a reproof to a dog.
    • n rate under these circumstances; if this goes on; etc.
    • rate To fix at a rate of transportation: as, freight was rated as low as possible.
    • rate To convey or transport at a given rate.
    • rate Having missed fire, literally or figuratively; having failed.
    • n rate One who has failed; a person who is a failure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Honda Accord has the highest stolen rate in the US according to NCIB.
    • n Rate rāt a ratio or proportion: allowance: standard: value: price: the class of a ship and of seamen: movement, as fast or slow: a tax
    • v.t Rate to calculate: to estimate: to settle the relative rank, scale, or position of
    • v.i Rate to make an estimate: to be placed in a certain class: to ratify
    • v.t Rate rāt to tax: to scold: to chide: to reprove.
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  • Patrick Kavanagh
    Patrick Kavanagh
    “A sweeping statement is the only statement worth listening to. The critic without faith gives balanced opinions, usually about second-rate writers.”
  • Jack E. Reichert
    Jack E. Reichert
    “I would rather have a first-class manager running a second-rate business than a second-rate manager running a first-rate business.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “We are valued in this world at the rate we desire to be valued.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “One is rated by others as he rates himself.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories.”


X-rated - If something is x-rated, it is not suitable for children.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. fr. E. rate, v. t., to value at a certain rate, to estimate, but more prob. fr. Sw. rata, to find fault, to blame, to despise, to hold cheap; cf. Icel. hrat, refuse, hrati, rubbish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. raten, acc. to Skeat, from O. Fr. aretter, to impute—L. ad, to, reputāre, to count. Others explain as Scand., Sw. rata, to reject.


In literature:

The rate of interest method is the usual method in the commercial world.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
I ain't a bit afeard of you at any rate.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The length of the full step in double time is 36 inches; the cadence is at the rate of 180 steps per minute.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It was a tawdry affair, all Cupids and cornucopias, like a third-rate wedding cake.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Much of the land that now appears wet and marshy will in time be drained, and be the first rate soil for farming.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Would you then make the rate that the five are paying a minimum rate?
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
Why, for example, is the rate of suicide strictly dependent everywhere upon season and weather?
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
At any rate, it would improve the character of the people.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
As it must be done, let it at any rate be said that they had done it.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
And now, should she decide in Lord George's favour, would she be saved at any rate from that danger.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Moreover I rate it unseemly
To hold that kind Heaven
Could work such device—to her ruin
And my misery.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
Since all Lodi, low and head ones,
Seem to pass that story by,
It may be the Lodi-bred ones
Rate it truly, and not I.
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
It was a steed of noblest kind,
In spirit and in limb,
On which the desp'rate knight design'd
To the king's ship to swim!
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
True! Thy resplendent rivers run,
And safe beneath a temp'rate sun
Springs the young verdure of thy plain,
Nor dreads a torrid Eastern reign.
"To Ireland" by William Drennan
How rate we now all griefs and scorn
That filled our youth with bitterness!
We had not known the Christ is born
But that we sought for One to bless!
"The Magi To The Star" by Mary Hannay Foott
My passions, and my appetites restrain,
That I henceforth no wicked act may do;
But may, o'er sin, a perfect conquest gain,
And that invet'rate enemy subdue.
"A Morning Prayer, To Be Us'd After A Person Is Up, Wash'd, And Dress'd" by Rees Prichard

In news:

"Last Ounce of Courage" Rated PG for thematic elements, some war images and brief smoking Release date: Sept 14 Rating: unpolished .
That rating is the highest rating assigned.
Santa Clarita's unemployment rate ticked up to 6.3 percent in October from 6.2 percent in September, while the nation's seasonally adjusted jobless rate moved to 7.9 percent over the month from 7.8 percent.
Find out what other consumers think about this 2012 Hyundai Veracruz and how they rate it or add your own review and rating.
Find out what other consumers think about this 2012 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Luxury Edition Convertible and how they rate it or add your own review and rating.
EAST BRUNSWICK — The Middlesex Water Company 's recent rate increase won't affect rates in the township.
The council in November approved a 5 percent water rate increase for city customers effective in December as a result of Gwinnett County raising the rate it charges the city.
The employees' fixed payout rate, or the annual percentage allowed to be withdrawn, is based on the average benefit rate at which they acquired the annuities over time.
Baltimore County has maintained its top bond ratings from the major rating agencies, county officials said Friday.
NBC is marking a ratings achievement that it just pulled off for the first time in nine years: The Peacock Network won the ratings battle during premiere week in the key demographic of viewers 18-49, TVLine.com reports.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. President Barack Obama says he will not agree to any budget deal that extends current tax rates for the wealthiest taxpayers and says their rates should rise to help raise revenue.
Fixed Rate Mortgage or Adjustable Rate Mortgage.
Fed to keep rates low until jobless rate hits 6.5.
The tax rate for operating expenses was set at $3.2512 and the rate for debt services at $0.6622, combining for a total tax rate of $3.9134.
Says Big Island customers are seeing slightly lower rates - but all other islands saw their rates go up.

In science:

Qualitatively, when β is small, and injection rates are faster than extraction rates (α > β ), the rate-limiting process is the exit step at i = N .
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
Exponential tightness and study of the rate function S Since the rate function S is the contraction of the relative entropy I (.|W ), it is clearly a good rate function.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
The crosses correspond to the Level-1 rate, the circles to the HLT rate, and the triangles to the rate for a corrected E=T algorithm applied at the HLT.
The CMS High Level Trigger
Ruffle & Herbst (2000) found that a rate equation model using the scan rates of Katz et al. (1999) gives better agreement with the Monte Carlo models, than do models which utilize the fast scan rate.
Turbulence driven diffusion in protoplanetary disks - chemical effects in the outer disk
We found that the approximate rates from Dubrovich & Grachev (2005) were overestimated, and instead we considered a scaled rate in order to agree with the numerical n = 3 two-photon rate.
The effect of forbidden transitions on cosmological hydrogen and helium recombination