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-rate

suffix uk   /-reɪt/ us  
C1 used with words such as first, second, etc. to show how good you think something is: His suggestions are always first-rate (= very good). This company produces second/third-rate (= not very good) goods.
(Definition of -rate suffix from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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