rate1 W1S1 [reıt] n
4 at any rate
5 at this rate
6 first-rate/second-rate/third-rate
7 at a rate of knots
8 rates
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: Medieval Latin rata, from Latin pro rata parte 'according to a fixed part', from ratus, past participle of reri 'to calculate']
1.) ¦(NUMBER)¦
the number of times something happens, or the number of examples of something within a certain period
birth/unemployment/crime etc rate
Australia's unemployment rate rose to 6.5% in February.
a rapid increase in the divorce rate
high/low rate of sth
areas with high rates of crime
success/failure rate
(=the number of times that something succeeds or fails)
It's a new technique and the failure rate is quite high.
Immediately his heart rate (=the number of beats per minute) increased.
at a rate of sth
Asylum seekers were entering Britain at a rate of 1,600 per day.
2.) ¦(MONEY)¦
a charge or payment that is set according to a standard scale
at (a) ... rate
people who pay tax at the highest rate
at a rate of sth
They only pay tax at a rate of 5%.
interest/exchange/mortgage etc rate
another reduction in the mortgage rate
rate of pay/tax/interest etc
Nurses are demanding higher rates of pay.
special/reduced/lower rate
Some hotels offer special rates for children.
hourly/weekly rate
(=the amount someone is paid per hour or week)
What's the hourly rate for cleaning?
$20 an hour is the going rate (=the usual amount paid) for private tuition.
→↑base rate,cut-rate atcut-price, exchange rate, interest rate, prime rate
3.) ¦(SPEED)¦
the speed at which something happens over a period of time
rate of
an attempt to slow down the rate of economic growth
at (a) ... rate
Children learn at different rates.
Our money was running out at an alarming rate .
at a rate of sth
Iceland is getting wider at a rate of about 0.5 cm per year.
4.) at any ratespoken
a) used when you are stating one definite fact in a situation that is uncertain or unsatisfactory
= ↑anyway
They've had technical problems - at any rate that's what they told me.
b) used to introduce a statement that is more important than what was said before
= ↑anyway
Well, at any rate, the next meeting will be on Wednesday.
5.) at this rate
spoken used to say what will happen if things continue to happen in the same way as now
At this rate we won't ever be able to afford a holiday.
6.) first-rate/second-rate/third-rate
of good, bad, or very bad quality
a cheap third-rate motel
7.) at a rate of knots
BrE informal very quickly
Jack's getting through the ironing at a rate of knots!
8.) rates [plural]
a local tax, paid before 1990 by owners of buildings in Britain
rate 2
rate2 v
a) [T]
to think that someone or something has a particular quality, value, or standard
The company seems to rate him very highly (=think he is very good) .
be rated (as) sth
Rhodes is currently rated the top junior player in the country.
to be considered as having a particular quality, value, or standard
rate as
That rates as one of the best meals I've ever had.
2.) [T] [i]BrE informal if you rate someone or something, you think they are very good
I never rated him.
3.) rate sb's chances (of doing sth)
BrE spoken if you do not rate someone's chances of achieving something, you do not think that it is likely that they will achieve it
I don't rate your chances of getting a ticket for the Leeds game.
How do you rate your chances tomorrow (=do you think you will be successful?) ?
4.) [T] informal especially AmE to deserve something
They rate a big thank-you for all their hard work.
a local incident that didn't rate a mention in the national press
5.) be rated G/U/PG/X etc
if a film is rated G, U etc, it is officially judged to be suitable or unsuitable for people of a particular age to see

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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