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rate

noun [C]  us   /reɪt/

rate noun [C] (MEASUREMENT)

a measurement of the speed at which something happens or changes, or the number of times it happens or changes, within a particular period: the rate of change/decay rates of digestion/oxygenation We have relatively low unemployment rates these days. If we improve studentsself-esteem, we could reduce the dropout rate.

rate noun [C] (PAYMENT)

an amount or level of payment: Interest rates may rise soon. Rental rates vary depending on the size of the car.

rate

verb  us   /reɪt/

rate verb (VALUE)

to judge the value or worth of something: [T] Half of those surveyed rated his work as good. [L] The movie is rated R. [I] Mark Twain has rated as an enduring author for 100 years. disapproving If you say someone or something doesn’t rate, you mean the person or thing is of poor quality or not worth consideration.
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