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rate

noun [C] uk   /reɪt/ us  

rate noun [C] (MEASURE)

B2 the speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period: Although she's recovering from her illness, her rate of progress is quite slow. I told my assistants to work at their own rate. The taxi was going at a tremendous rate. the growth/inflation/mortality/unemployment, etc. rate The drug has a high success/failure rate.

rate noun [C] (PAYMENT)

B2 an amount or level of payment: We agreed a rate with the painter before he started work. What's the going (= standard) rate for this type of work? Do you pay your mortgage on a fixed or variable rate?

rate noun [C] (TAX)

rates [plural] a local tax paid in Australia, and in Britain in the past, by the owners of houses and other buildings

rate

verb [T] uk   /reɪt/ us  

rate verb [T] (JUDGE)

C1 to judge the value or character of someone or something: How do you rate him as a football player? She is rated very highly by the people she works for.informal "What do you think of her as a singer?" "I don't really rate her (= I do not think that she is very good)." I rate cars as one of the worst polluters of the environment. [+ obj + noun ] On a scale of one to ten, I'd rate his book a five. Car crashes are so frequent that they don't rate a mention (= are not considered to be worth reporting) in the newspaper unless a lot of people are killed. rate as sth to be considered to be something of a particular quality: That rates as the worst film I've ever seen.

rate verb [T] (TAX)

UK In Britain in the past, a building was rated to decide how much local tax the owner should pay.
(Definition of rate noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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