1. 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
Definition categories: time
2. amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis
- a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5
3. the relative speed of progress or change
- he works at a great rate
- the pace of events accelerated
Similar word(s): pace
Definition categories: attribute
4. 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
Sentences with rate as a noun:
- At the height of his powers, he was producing pictures at the rate of four a year.
- The car was speeding down here at a hell of a rate.
- The rate of production at the factory is skyrocketing.
- He asked quite a rate to take me to the airport.
- Postal rates here are low.
- We pay an hourly rate of between $10 – $15 per hour depending on qualifications and experience.
- I hardly have enough left every month to pay the rates.
- This textbook is first-rate.
- daily rate; hourly rate; etc.
1. assign a rank or rating to
- The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide
2. be worthy of or have a certain rating
- This bond rates highly
3. estimate the value of
- How would you rate his chances to become President?
- Gold was rated highly among the Romans
Similar word(s): value
Sentences with rate as a verb:
- She is rated fourth in the country.
- They rate his talents highly.
- He rated this book brilliant.
- The view here hardly rates a mention in the travel guide.
- The transformer is rated at 10 watts.
- The customers don't rate the new burgers.
- She rates among the most excellent chefs in the world.
- He rates as the best cyclist in the country.
- This last performance of hers didn't rate very high with the judges.