Definition of “rating” - English Dictionary

“rating” in British English

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ratingnoun

uk /ˈreɪ.tɪŋ/ us /ˈreɪ.t̬ɪŋ/

C1 [ C or U ] a measurement of how good or popular someone or something is:

The government's approval/popularity rating sank to an all-time low.
ratings C2 [ plural ]

a list of television and radio programmes showing how popular they are:

Advertisers are interested in ratings.
The show has fallen in the ratings this week.

More examples

  • He was refused a mortgage because he had a bad credit rating.
  • The party's rating in the opinion polls has slumped since Smith became leader.
  • The new car has been given an excellent safety rating.
  • Their nearest school has a very poor rating compared to others in the area.
  • The department was awarded the highest rating after the inspection last year.

(Definition of “rating” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“rating” in American English

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ratingnoun [ C ]

us /ˈreɪ·t̬ɪŋ/

A rating is a record of the number of people who watch or listen to a particular broadcast:

Advertisers are interested in ratings.

(Definition of “rating” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“rating” in Business English

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ratingnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈreɪtɪŋ/ us

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 rating
a 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:

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
ratings go up/down
ratings battle/war The two channels are locked in a ratings battle.

(Definition of “rating” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)