Definition of "rate" []

  • A quantity measured with respect to another measured quantity: a rate of speed of 60 miles an hour. (noun)
  • A measure of a part with respect to a whole; a proportion: the mortality rate; a tax rate. (noun)
  • The cost per unit of a commodity or service: postal rates. (noun)
  • A charge or payment calculated in relation to a particular sum or quantity: interest rates. (noun)
  • Level of quality. (noun)
  • A quantity or amount considered in relation to or measured against another quantity or amount (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A price or charge with reference to a standard or scale (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A charge made per unit for a commodity, service, etc (noun)
  • The relative speed of progress or change of something variable; pace (noun)
  • Relative quality; class or grade (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • A measure of the frequency of occurrence of a given event, such as births and deaths, usually expressed as the number of times the event occurs for every thousand of the total population considered (noun)
  • A wage calculated against a unit of time (noun)
  • The amount of gain or loss of a timepiece (noun)
  • To assign or receive a position on a scale of relative values; rank (verb)
  • To estimate the value of; evaluate (verb)
  • To be worthy of; deserve (verb)
  • To consider; regard (verb)
  • To assess the value of (property) for the purpose of local taxation (verb)
  • To think highly of (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rate" in a sentence
  • "The other data are input rate or “characteristic flow rate” q, the depth D and the permeability K of the drained layer."
  • "The Labour-rate Act got rid of that evident hardship, and charged the landlord with half the rate for tenements or holdings over £4 a-year, and with the _whole rate_ for holdings under that annual rent."
  • "Within certain limits, metals expand uniformly in direct proportion to the increase in temperature, but the rate of expansion varies with different metals; thus, under like conditions, tin expands nearly twice (1-3/5) as much as gold, but the _rate_ of expansion for gold is nearly twice (1-7/10) that of tin."