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rating

noun [C or U]
 
 
/ˈreɪtɪŋ/
a measurement of the quality or success of something, or of particular features it has, especially when compared with other things of the same type: get/receive/be awarded a rating The game was awarded a five-star rating by Gamer magazine.approval/popularity rating The president's approval rating was around 60%. a high/excellent/positive rating a low/poor ratinga 30%/9 point/3-star, etc. rating Consumers gave the product a 7.5 point rating on a scale of 1 to 10.a rating scale/system There is currently a voluntary rating system in place for violence on TV.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a calculation by a ratings agency of the level of risk of an investment or loan: cut/downgrade/lower a rating raise/lift/upgrade a rating have/maintain a rating A policy condition is that the securities must be rated in the four top rating categories by S&P or Moody's.
INSURANCE a calculation by an insurance company of how much someone should pay for insurance, based on the level of risk involved: The proposed change in the city's flood insurance rating could reduce premiums by 5%. calculate/have/receive a rating
COMMERCE, ENVIRONMENT a number or letter showing how powerful something such as a piece of electrical equipment is, how much electricity it uses, etc. so that consumers can compare products: These green mortgages are available only to those buying a new home with a high energy efficiency rating.
ratings [plural] COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING figures that show how many people watch or listen to a television or radio programme: good/high ratings Advertisers seek out the programmes with the highest ratings for their main campaigns. low/poor ratings declining/improving ratings ratings go up/downratings battle/war The two channels are locked in a ratings battle.
→ See also AAA, average audience rating, Best's rating, bond rating noun, buy rating, credit rating, debt rating, fleet rating, hold rating, security rating, sell rating, Standard and Poor's
(Definition of rating from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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