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noun rating pronunciation in British 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 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
    Regional news programmes need to improve their ratings.
    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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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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