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90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



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noun rating pronunciation in American English /ˈreɪtɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a measurement of how good or popular someone or something is

    The guide gives restaurants a rating from 1 to 10.

    popularity/approval rating:

    The president’s popularity rating fell for the first time since the election.

    high/low rating:

    The university consistently receives a high rating for the quality of its research.

  2. 2
    [countable] a letter or letters and sometimes a number that show how old someone needs to be before they are allowed to see a particular movie

    A “G” rating means the movie is appropriate for anyone.

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    [plural] the number that tells how many people watched or listened to a particular television or radio show

    Regional news programs need to improve their ratings.

    high/low ratings:

    Her new series had high ratings right from the start.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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