Rate Rate, n. [OF., fr. L. rata (sc. pars), fr. ratus reckoned, fixed by calculation, p. p. of reri to reckon, to calculate. Cf. {Reason}.] 1. Established portion or measure; fixed allowance. [1913 Webster]

The one right feeble through the evil rate Of food which in her duress she had found. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is established as a measure or criterion; degree; standard; rank; proportion; ratio; as, a slow rate of movement; rate of interest is the ratio of the interest to the principal, per annum. [1913 Webster]

Heretofore the rate and standard of wit was different from what it is nowadays. --South. [1913 Webster]

In this did his holiness and godliness appear above the rate and pitch of other men's, in that he was so . . . merciful. --Calamy. [1913 Webster]

Many of the horse could not march at that rate, nor come up soon enough. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

3. Valuation; price fixed with relation to a standard; cost; charge; as, high or low rates of transportation. [1913 Webster]

They come at dear rates from Japan. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. A tax or sum assessed by authority on property for public use, according to its income or value; esp., in England, a local tax; as, parish rates; town rates. [1913 Webster]

5. Order; arrangement. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Thus sat they all around in seemly rate. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

6. Ratification; approval. [R.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

7. (Horol.) The gain or loss of a timepiece in a unit of time; as, daily rate; hourly rate; etc. [1913 Webster]

8. (Naut.) (a) The order or class to which a war vessel belongs, determined according to its size, armament, etc.; as, first rate, second rate, etc. (b) The class of a merchant vessel for marine insurance, determined by its relative safety as a risk, as A1, A2, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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