rate Definition

  • 1a measure, quantity, or frequency, typically one measured against some other quantity or measure
  • 2the speed with which something moves, happens, or changes
  • 3a fixed price paid or charged for something, especially goods or services

Using rate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The crime rate in the city has increased.

  • Example

    The interest rate on my savings account is very low.

  • Example

    The exchange rate between the US dollar and the euro is favorable.

  • Example

    I can't keep up with the rate at which he talks.

  • Example

    The hotel offers a special rate for long-term guests.

rate Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using rate

  • to rate someone/something highly

    to have a high opinion of someone or something


    I really rate this restaurant - the food is always excellent.

  • to be on a go-slow (rate)

    to work more slowly than usual as a form of protest or industrial action


    The workers are on a go-slow rate, so the production line is moving very slowly.

  • to be rated X/18+

    to be classified as suitable only for adults because of its sexual or violent content


    This movie is rated X/18+ and is not suitable for children.

Phrases with rate

  • used to indicate that a statement is true or accurate even if other things are not


    At any rate, we know that the project will be completed on time.

  • the value of one currency for the purpose of conversion to another


    The rate of exchange between the US dollar and the Japanese yen is constantly fluctuating.

  • the amount of profit or loss an investment generates over time, expressed as a percentage of the initial investment


    The rate of return on this investment is quite high, making it a good choice for long-term investors.

Origins of rate

from Old French 'rate', meaning 'price, value'


Summary: rate in Brief

The term 'rate' [reษชt] refers to a measure, quantity, or frequency, often compared to another. It can denote the speed of something, as in 'I can't keep up with the rate at which he talks,' or a fixed price, as in 'The hotel offers a special rate for long-term guests.' 'Rate' extends into phrases like 'at any rate,' and idioms like 'to rate someone/something highly,' denoting a high opinion, and 'to be on a go-slow (rate),' implying a work slowdown.

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