Word of the Day: rate

Word of the Day
June 8, 2016
rate (noun, verb)
/reɪt/   sound icon
 
Interest rates are normally calculated as a percentage of the total amount of a loan or investment
A rate is the amount of a payment, considered in relation to some basis, such as time or an amount of work done, or an amount of one thing in relation to another. A rate is also a degree of speed or progress. As a verb, rate means 'to estimate the value of something' or, informally, 'to think highly, or have a good opinion, of someone or something.' It also means 'to deserve or merit something' and 'to place on a certain scale or rank.'

 

Example sentences
 
The graphic designer's rate is $30 an hour.
I can translate at a rate of 2000 words a day.
Mark's boss doesn't mind that he works at a slow rate, because his work is very accurate.
The athlete has been training hard and everyone rates her chances of sucess at the Olympics very highly.
I'd rate her among the top three candidates for the job.
The actress's ex-boyfriend was hurt when he found out he didn't even rate a mention in her autobiography.
This hotel is rated the best in Milan.

 

Words often used with rate
 
at this rate: at this speed, in this way. Example: "We need to work faster; at this rate we'll never get the work finished by the end of the week!"
at any rate: anyway, in any case. Example: "I'm sorry you broke up with your boyfriend, but you were too good for him at any rate."
 
Multi-word forms
 
exchange rate: the amount of one currency you get in exchange for another. Example: "The current exchange rate from US dollars to euros is 88 cents per euro."
 
Did you know?
 
In hunting terminology, a rate is a reprimand given to a dog. So old hunting books would have told hunters to give their dog a rate if it misbehaved. However, this sense is now rare.
 
Origin
 
Rate dates back to the late 14th or early 15th century, but its earliest origins are in the Latin (prō) ratā (parte), meaning '(according to) an estimated (part);' ratā comes from the Latin verb rērī, meaning to judge. In English, the noun comes from the late Middle English word rate, meaning 'monetary value' or 'estimated amount, proportional part' and the verb comes from the late Middle English word raten, meaning 'to estimate the value (of )' and is derivative of the noun.
 
 
 
 
 
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