1. [ noun ] (business) amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis
Synonyms: charge_per_unit

"a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5"

Related terms: charge pay_rate interest_rate rate_of_exchange footage tax_rate room_rate excursion_rate rate_of_depreciation linage freight payment_rate
2. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: magnitude_relation speed flux frequency pace flow revolutions_per_minute megahertz miles_per_hour growth_rate Hertz kilohertz acceleration pulse attrition_rate spacing tempo rate_of_respiration terahertz inflation_rate jerk dose_rate deathrate kilometers_per_hour metabolic_rate erythrocyte_sedimentation_rate bits_per_second solar_constant gigahertz words_per_minute data_rate sampling_rate crime_rate birthrate
3. [ noun ] the relative speed of progress or change
Synonyms: pace

"he lived at a fast pace" "he works at a great rate" "the pace of events accelerated"

Related terms: temporal_property speed celerity slowness beat pace
4. [ noun ] (British) a local tax on property (usually used in the plural)
Related terms: tax poor_rate
5. [ verb ] assign a rank or rating to
Synonyms: place rank grade order range

"how would you rank these students?" "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

Related terms: judge downgrade upgrade subordinate reorder sequence shortlist superordinate prioritize seed order rank order place gradation grader gradation
6. [ verb ] be worthy of or have a certain rating
Synonyms: deserve merit

"This bond rates highly"

Related terms: be rating
7. [ verb ] estimate the value of
Synonyms: value

"How would you rate his chances to become President?" "Gold was rated highly among the Romans"

Related terms: measure revalue evaluation
Similar spelling:   rat