rate - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] the number of times something happens, or the number of examples of something within a particular period of time

    a rising birth rate

    a dramatic fall in the city’s murder rate

    rate of:

    The animals were dying at a rate of three an hour.

    rate of:

    areas where the rate of unemployment is high

    success rate:

    Their success rate in recruiting new staff is very high.

    a high/low rate of something:

    There is a high rate of muggings and other forms of street crime in the area.

  2. 2
    [countable] the speed at which something happens within a particular period of time

    The population was growing at an alarming rate.

    rate of:

    During this period the rate of inflation soared.

    at a rate of:

    Workers were leaving at a rate of one a month.

  3. 3
    [countable] an amount of money that is paid or charged

    plans to reduce the tax rates for people on low incomes

    rate of:

    The banks now pay a lower rate of interest to savers.

    hourly/weekly/monthly rate:

    They increased the hourly rate of pay to £8.50.

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  4. 4


    [plural] a local tax that people in the UK paid before 1990. They now pay a similar tax called the council tax.
  5.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    at any rate whatever happens or may have happened, in any case

    Well, I'm not going home on foot, at any rate.

    Submitted by Javad Hekayati from Iran, Islamic Republic of on 31/08/2016