Definition of rate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    rate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//reɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪt//
     
    (not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rate
    BrE BrE//reɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪt//
     
    he / she / it rates
    BrE BrE//reɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪts//
     
    past simple rated
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle rated
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪtɪd//
     
    past simple rating
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪtɪŋ//
     
    past participle rating
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] rate somebody/something (as) something | rate as something to have or think that somebody/something has a particular level of quality, value, etc. rate somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) The university is highly rated for its research. They rated him highly as a colleague. rate somebody/something + adj. Voters continue to rate education high on their list of priorities. rate somebody/something (as) something | rate somebody/something + noun The show was rated (as) a success by critics and audiences. rate as something The match rated as one of their worst defeats. + adj. I'm afraid our needs do not rate very high with this administration.
  2. 2[transitive] rate something (informal) to think that somebody/something is good What did you think of the movie? I didn't rate it myself.
  3. 3  [transitive, usually passive] to place somebody/something in a particular position on a scale in relation to similar people or things synonym rank rate somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) The schools were rated according to their exam results. a top-rated programme rate somebody/something + noun She is currently rated number two in the world.
  4. 4[transitive] rate something to be good, important, etc. enough to be treated in a particular way synonym merit The incident didn't even rate a mention in the press. Her death only rated a few lines in the local paper.
  5. 5[transitive, usually passive] rate something (+ noun) to state that a film/movie or video is suitable for a particular audience The cartoon was rated PG. see also X-rated, zero-rated
  6. Word Origin late Middle English (expressing a notion of ‘estimated value’): from Old French, from medieval Latin rata (from Latin pro rata parte (or portione) ‘according to the proportional share’), from ratus ‘reckoned’, past participle of reri.Extra examples It is rated as one of the city’s best hotels. Silver was rated more highly than gold. The difficulty of each exercise is rated on a scale of 1 to 5. This airport is consistently rated as the worst in the world. a golf course that is rated among the top ten in America a university that is highly rated for its research work How did you rate her speech? It’s a chance to watch six top-rated players. The game was rated as one of their worst ever defeats. The schools are rated according to their exam results. The show was rated a success by both critics and audiences.
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