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
The one right feeble through the evil rate
Of food which in her duress she had found.
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.
Heretofore the rate and standard of wit was
different from what it is nowadays. South.
In this did his holiness and godliness appear above the
rate and pitch of other men's, in that he was so . . .
Many of the horse could not march at that rate,
nor come up soon enough. Clarendon.
3. Valuation; price fixed with relation to a
standard; cost; charge; as, high or low rates of
They come at dear rates from Japan.
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
5. Order; arrangement. [Obs.]
Thus sat they all around in seemly
6. Ratification; approval. [R.]
7. (Horol.) The gain or loss of a
timepiece in a unit of time; as, daily rate; hourly
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,
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.
2. To make an estimate.
Rate (rāt), 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.
Go, rate thy minions, proud, insulting
Conscience is a check to beginners in sin, reclaiming
them from it, and rating them for it.
Rate, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Rated; p. pr. & vb. n.
Rating.] 1. To set a certain estimate on;
to value at a certain price or degree.
To rate a man by the nature of his companions is
a rule frequent indeed, but not infallible.
You seem not high enough your joys to
2. To assess for the payment of a rate or
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.
4. To ratify. [Obs.] "To rate the
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.
Syn. -- To value; appraise; estimate; reckon.