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Definition of rate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rate
    he / she / it rates
    past simple rated
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to have or think that someone or 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 game rated as one of their worst defeats. + adj. I'm afraid our needs do not rate very high with this administration.
  3. 3[transitive, usually passive] to place someone or 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 program 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 movie, video, or computer game is suitable for a particular audience The cartoon was rated PG. see also X-rated
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