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Definition of 'rate'


  1. amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis; "a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5"
       Synonyms: charge per unit
  2. 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"
  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"
       Synonyms: pace
  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"


  1. assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
       Synonyms: rank range order grade place
  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"
       Synonyms: value

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