rate - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlerating
past tenserated
past participlerated
  1. 1
    [transitive] [often passive] to consider that someone or something has a particular quality or has achieved a particular standard or level
    rate someone/something as something:

    Many voters rate the environment as the number one issue.

    rate someone/something highly (=approve of them):

    She is rated very highly by her colleagues.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to be considered as having a particular quality
      rate as:

      The exhibition must rate as one of the most successful for this museum.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to judge a film to be suitable for people of a particular age to see

    Many films rated 15 would have been rated 18 ten years ago.

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  3. 3
    [transitive] to deserve something

    That should rate a mention in the local newspaper!

  4. 4
    [transitive] British informal to have a good opinion of someone or something