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English definition of “rate”

rate

verb [T] (JUDGE)    /reɪt/
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 . → See also underrate, overrateAnalysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value rate as sth to be considered to be something of a particular quality : That rates as the worst film I've ever seen .Quality and standard
(Definition of rate verb (JUDGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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