rate verb - definition in the Business English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “rate”

See all translations

rate

verb
 
 
/reɪt/
[I or T] to have, or be thought to have, a particular value or quality: rate (sth) highly The broadband deal is rated highly in a survey by Which magazine. The sector's most highly-rated analyst team advised investors to book profits.rate (sth) as sth That must rate as one of the worst investments the company has ever made. be rated a failure/success
[T] to give something a particular value or position in a list, according to a set of standards: The survey asked consumers to rate the elements that would most influence their purchasing decision.be rated A/15/R, etc. This film is rated 18, and is for adults only.
[T] COMMERCE, ENVIRONMENT to give something such as a piece of electrical equipment a number or letter that shows how powerful it is, how much electricity it uses, etc. so that consumers can compare products: be rated A/B/X, etc. The washing machine is rated A for energy efficiency.
[T] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to give an investment a particular value after examining the level of risk involved: be rated (as) investment grade/A/Triple A etc. Debt rated AA has a very strong capacity to pay interest and repay principal.
rate sth (as) a buy/hold/sell FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to advise investors to buy, keep, or sell particular shares or bonds
→  See also zero-rated
(Definition of rate verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “rate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

intellectualize

to think about or discuss a subject in a detailed and intellectual way, without involving your emotions or feelings

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More