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rate    : [r'et]
Rate \Rate\ (r[=a]t), v. t. & i. [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.]
To chide with vehemence; to scold; to censure violently; to
berate. --Spenser.
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Go, rate thy minions, proud, insulting boy! --Shak.
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Conscience is a check to beginners in sin, reclaiming
them from it, and rating them for it. --Barrow.
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Rate \Rate\, n. [OF., fr. L. rata (sc. pars), fr. ratus
reckoned, fixed by calculation, p. p. of reri to reckon, to
calculate. Cf. {Reason}.]
1. Established portion or measure; fixed allowance.
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The one right feeble through the evil rate
Of food which in her duress she had found.
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2. 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.
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Heretofore the rate and standard of wit was
different from what it is nowadays. --South.
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In this did his holiness and godliness appear above
the rate and pitch of other men's, in that he was so
. . . merciful. --Calamy.
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Many of the horse could not march at that rate, nor
come up soon enough. --Clarendon.
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3. Valuation; price fixed with relation to a standard; cost;
charge; as, high or low rates of transportation.
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They come at dear rates from Japan. --Locke.
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4. 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.
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5. Order; arrangement. [Obs.]
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Thus sat they all around in seemly rate. --Spenser.
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6. Ratification; approval. [R.] --Chapman.
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7. (Horol.) The gain or loss of a timepiece in a unit of
time; as, daily rate; hourly rate; etc.
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8. (Naut.)
(a) The order or class to which a war vessel belongs,
determined according to its size, armament, etc.; as,
first rate, second rate, etc.
(b) The class of a merchant vessel for marine insurance,
determined by its relative safety as a risk, as A1,
A2, etc.
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Rate \Rate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rated}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To set a certain estimate on; to value at a certain price
or degree.
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To rate a man by the nature of his companions is a
rule frequent indeed, but not infallible. --South.
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You seem not high enough your joys to rate.
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2. To assess for the payment of a rate or tax.
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3. 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.
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4. To ratify. [Obs.] "To rate the truce." --Chapman.
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{To rate a chronometer}, to ascertain the exact rate of its
gain or loss as compared with true time, so as to make an
allowance or computation dependent thereon.
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Syn: To value; appraise; estimate; reckon.
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Rate \Rate\, v. i.
1. To be set or considered in a class; to have rank; as, the
ship rates as a ship of the line.
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2. To make an estimate.
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n 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"
2: amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis; "a
10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5" [synonym:
{rate}, {charge per unit}]
3: the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast
pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events
accelerated" [synonym: {pace}, {rate}]
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"
v 1: assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these
students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food
guide" [synonym: {rate}, {rank}, {range}, {order}, {grade},
2: be worthy of or have a certain rating; "This bond rates
3: estimate the value of; "How would you rate his chances to
become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the Romans"
[synonym: {rate}, {value}]

300 Moby Thesaurus words for "rate":
VAT, abuse, account, ad valorem duty, admonish, alcohol tax,
alphabetize, amount, amusement tax, analyze, antecede, anyhow,
anyway, apportion, appraise, appreciate, arithmetical proportion,
arrange, assay, assess, assessment on default, assort,
at all events, at any rate, bank rate, bark at, bawl out,
be deserving, be entitled to, be regarded, be thought of,
be worthy of, berate, betongue, blacken, break down, bring to book,
calculate, calibrate, caliper, call, call to account,
capital gains tax, capitation, capitation tax, career, caste,
catalog, categorize, censure, charge, chastise, check a parameter,
chew out, chide, class, classification, classify, clip, codify,
come before, come first, compensatory interest, compound interest,
compute, condition, continued fraction, conversion factor,
corporation tax, correct, cost, count, customs, customs duty,
damage, death duty, death tax, decrease, deserve, dial, digest,
discount rate, divide, doomage, dress down, duty, earn, echelon,
estate duty, estate tax, estimate, evaluate, evaluation,
excess profits tax, excise, excise tax, execrate,
exorbitant interest, expenditure, expense, export tax, face,
face value, fair-trade, fathom, federal tax, fee, figure, file,
fix, footing, form an estimate, fraction, front, fulminate against,
gabelle, gait, gauge, geometric ratio, gift tax,
give an appreciation, go ahead of, go before, go in advance, grade,
graduate, gross interest, group, guess, harmonic proportion,
have priority, have words with, head, head tax, head the table,
head up, hierarchy, import tax, improper fraction, in any case,
in any event, income tax, increase, index, inheritance tax,
interest, interest rate, internal revenue tax, jaw, judge,
kick off, kind, land tax, lead, lead off, lecture, lick,
liquor tax, list, load with reproaches, local tax,
lucrative interest, luxury tax, make an estimation, mark,
market value, measure, mensurate, merit, mete, meter,
mortgage points, net interest, net worth, notwithstanding,
nuisance tax, number, objurgate, order, outrank, pace, par value,
parcel, penal interest, pennyworth, percent, percentage,
personal property tax, pigeonhole, place, plumb, poll, poll tax,
position, power structure, precede, precedence, premium, price,
price of money, price tag, prize, probe, progress, property tax,
property-increment tax, proportion, protective tariff,
provincial tax, quantify, quantize, quota, quote a price, quotum,
rag, rail, rail at, range, rank, rate of interest, rates, rating,
ratio, rave against, rebuke, reckon, reduce, regardless, reprehend,
reprimand, reproach, reprove, revenue tariff, revile,
rule of three, sales tax, salt tax, scale, school tax, scold,
score, set at, set down, set straight, severance tax,
simple interest, size, size up, sort, sound, span, spank,
specific duty, speed, sphere, stage, stand first, standing,
state tax, station, status, step, straighten out, stride,
subdivide, survey, tab, tabulate, take a reading, take down,
take precedence, take to task, tariff, tariff duty, telephone tax,
thunder against, toll, tongue-lash, travel, tread, triangulate,
type, upbraid, use tax, usher in, usury, valorize, valuate,
valuation, value, value added tax, value received, velocity,
vilify, vituperate, weigh, window tax, worth, yell at, yelp at

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