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English definition of “rate”

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)
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