(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: possession, charge

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

Definition categories: link, proportion

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

Similar word(s): grade, order, place, range, rank

Definition categories: cognition, evaluate, judge

2. be worthy of or have a certain rating

- This bond rates highly

Definition categories: stative, be

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

Definition categories: cognition, appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, 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.