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

    The guide gives restaurants a rating out of 10.

    high/low rating:

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

    popularity/approval rating:

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

  2. 2


    [plural] the number of people who watch or listen to a particular television or radio programme
    high/low ratings:

    Her new series had high ratings right from the start.

    1. a.
      a list showing which programmes have the most people watching or listening to them

      Australian soap operas were top of the ratings that year.

  3. 3
    [countable] a letter or number that shows how old someone needs to be before they are allowed to see a particular film

    A ‘U’ rating means the film is suitable for anyone.

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  4. 4
    [countable] British an ordinary sailor in the British Navy

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