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noun [countable] rate pronunciation in American English /reɪt/
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pluralrates
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  1. 1
    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
    the speed at which something happens within a particular period of time
    Doctors monitor the patient’s heart rate.
    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
    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 $12.

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