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a failure rate
▪ There is a high failure rate in the restaurant industry.
a flat (rate) tax (=a tax that is the same for different people or things)
▪ Corporate taxes are to be abolished and replaced by a flat rate tax.
a poll rating (=showing how popular someone is)
▪ His poll ratings keep slipping.
a rate of pay (also a pay rate) (= the amount paid every hour, week etc)
▪ Many workers in the catering industry are on low rates of pay.
a steady pace/rate
▪ He moved at a slow and steady pace through the maze of corridors.
accident rates/statistics
▪ There is a relation between accident rates and the numbers of drivers on the road.
▪ a survey of the latest airline accident statistics
at a rapid rate/pace
▪ Deforestation is occurring at a rapid rate as a result of agricultural development.
at an alarming rate
▪ The rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate.
bank rate
base rate
baud rate
credit rating
cut taxes/rates
▪ The government is expected to cut interest rates next month.
death rate
▪ childhood death rates
discount rate
exchange rate mechanism
exchange rate
▪ a more favourable exchange rate
flat rate
▪ Clients are charged a flat rate of £250 annually.
force prices/interest rates etc down/up
▪ The effect will be to increase unemployment and force down wages.
foreign exchange markets/rates/transactions etc
▪ The dollar is expected to fall in the foreign exchange markets.
high level/degree/rate etc (of sth)
▪ High levels of car use mean our streets are more congested than ever.
▪ high crime rates
▪ high interest rates
(high/low) metabolic rate
▪ Fish normally have a high metabolic rate.
▪ Exercise can increase your metabolic rate.
hurdle rate
infant mortality rate
inflation rate
▪ an annualized inflation rate of 15%
interest rate
lending rate
overtime rates (=payments that are set according to a standard scale)
▪ Generous overtime rates are paid for late-night and weekend work.
peak rate
▪ If you phone during the day you pay the peak rate for calls.
premium rate
price/rate/tax etc hikes
▪ Several airlines have proposed fare hikes, effective October 1.
prime rate
pulse rate (=how fast your pulse beats)
▪ The doctor checked my weight and pulse rate.
rate of exchange
rate of return
rates of return
▪ The average rates of return were 15%.
run rate
sb's popularity rating (=how popular someone is according to a poll)
▪ His popularity rating dropped quite dramatically after the events of last year.
sb’s credit rating (=how likely a bank etc thinks someone is to pay their debts)
▪ If you have a poor credit rating, you will have a hard time getting a mortgage.
sb’s heart rate (=the number of times someone’s heart beats per minute)
▪ Your heart rate increases as you exercise.
seasonally adjusted figures/rates/data etc (=ones that are changed according to what usually happens at a particular time of year)
tax sth at 10%/a higher rate etc
▪ They may be taxed at a higher rate.
the birth rate (=the number of babies born somewhere)
▪ The country’s birth rate has decreased dramatically.
the crime rate
▪ The crime rate has gone up.
the death rate (=the number of people who die each year from something)
▪ The death rate from heart attacks is about 50% higher for smokers.
the divorce rate (=the number of people who get a divorce)
▪ The country has a high divorce rate.
the exchange rate
▪ What's the current exchange rate between the dollar and the euro?
the growth rate
▪ The economic growth rate averaged only 1.4 percent.
the inflation rate/the rate of inflation
▪ The current inflation rate stands at 4.1%.
the inflation rate/the rate of inflation
▪ The current inflation rate stands at 4.1%.
the mortgage rate (=the rate of interest you will pay on a mortgage)
▪ You need to shop around for a good mortgage rate.
the pace/rate of change
▪ People sometimes feel alarmed by the pace of technological change.
the rate of erosion
▪ The maps show that the average rate of coastal erosion is about four metres per year.
the rate of increase
▪ The rate of increase in the number of violent crimes is much higher than under the previous government.
the (rate of) return on an investment (=profit from an investment)
▪ We expect a high return on our investment.
the success rate (=what percentage of actions are successful)
▪ The success rate in cloning is still extremely low.
the suicide rate (=the number of people who kill themselves)
▪ The suicide rate among former soldiers is very high.
the survival rate
▪ The survival rate of animals returned to the wild remains an unanswered question.
the tax rate/the rate of tax
▪ The government reduced the basic rate of tax to 25p in the pound.
the tax rate/the rate of tax
▪ The government reduced the basic rate of tax to 25p in the pound.
the unemployment rate
▪ The unemployment rate was 17 percent.
twice the size/number/rate/amount etc
▪ an area twice the size of Britain
wage levels/rates
▪ Wage levels remained low during the 1930s.
▪ These data were used to calculate annual referral rates using the practice populations as the denominator.
▪ The volatility of the underlying bond futures fell to an annual rate of 7. 95 percent.
▪ Since gilts pay a fixed annual rate of interest, you would be locking in a higher return before the rate cut.
▪ It gives an annual growth rate of 2. 3 percent, according to analysts.
▪ From his perspective, economic growth will continue at an annual rate of 2 percent to 2. 5 percent.
▪ According to the Middle East Times of Sept. 24-30, the country's annual inflation rate was running at around 700 percent.
▪ And to top it all, it has pledged to maintain high employment and an annual economic growth rate of 1.9 percent.
▪ Does my right hon. Friend by any chance recollect the average inflation rate under the last Labour Government?
▪ Between 1970 and 1976 Chicago experienced an average rate of unemployment of 6. 31 percent.
▪ The average inflation rate under the last Labour Government was no less than the astonishing figure of 15 percent.
▪ By definition, a tax whose average tax rate rises as income Increases is called progressive tax.
▪ He announced the results of a survey of 400 vets working in 600 slaughterhouses which found the average hourly rate was £25.70.
▪ But as Table 2-1 shows, the adoption of free-market develop-ment models has raised their average growth rates.
▪ Over this period the stock of such investments has expanded at an average annual compound rate of just under 19%.
▪ History shows, on average, the rate of return on stocks is much higher than that of any other investment.
▪ The buoyant housing market is probably the key factor keeping base rates up today.
▪ Changes in the level of interest rates charged on borrowing, therefore, depend almost wholly upon movements in the base rate.
▪ Low clearing bank base rates are bringing a flood of new offers intended to appeal to the country's 19 million savers.
▪ Monetary policy Base interest rates reached their highest level when they were increased on Dec. 26 to 14.75 percent.
▪ With the base interest rate now at seven percent, most banks still charge around 19 percent for personal overdrafts.
▪ I pay income tax at the basic 25 percent rate.
▪ Instead, they pay basic long-distance rates, which are the highest rates a residential customer can pay, the study says.
▪ Similar to covenant payments, the gift is made net of basic rate tax.
▪ The basic rate of tax will remain unchanged at 25 percent, as will the 40 percent rate.
▪ The basic bank lending rate was set at 36 percent per month.
▪ His party says that it will put up the basic rate of tax.
▪ The Liberal Democrats pledged to raise the basic rate of income tax from 25 to 26 percent specifically for investment in education.
▪ The tax credit which accompanies a dividend matches the basic rate liability but the trustees pay additional rate tax of 10%.
▪ Compare and contrast fixed rate and variable rate loans. 3.
▪ You borrow at a fixed rate of interest and repay the loan over a number of years.
▪ The fixed interest rate means you know exactly your commitment each month, which saves problems with forecasting your cashflow.
▪ Once the system of fixed exchange rates had been abandoned there was no alternative but for currencies to float.
▪ At the beginning of the first year, the fixed rate was 13.25% at a time when the variable rate was 15.25%.
▪ The basic form of eurobond is the straight fixed rate bond, having bullet repayment.
▪ The Cheltenham &038; Gloucester has produced a £50m fixed rate loan priced at 13.25 until the end of 1991.
▪ Under a fixed exchange rate a currency flow surplus is likely to persist for some time.
▪ Those with earnings just above the tax threshold bore the heaviest burden of the flat rate tax as a proportion of income.
▪ The phone company said the flat rate is an addition to its Sprint Sense program, which it began a year ago.
▪ The flat rate of £75 that Miss Denny mentions will not automatically be paid to all composers.
▪ A flat rate plan offers reduced rates but only if you call during non-peak hours.
▪ The association usually paid the hospital a weekly flat rate.
▪ Therefore, an 11 percent flat rate theoretically would yield the same amount.
▪ Additionally, the new flat rate should vary by types of authority, not by population.
▪ Forbes, who is calling for a 17 percent flat rate, would not tax dividends, interest or capital gains.
▪ However, that is not a good reason for trying to levy high tax rates that no-one can enforce.
▪ Why are current city water users subsidizing this madness with higher water rates?
▪ Sir Patrick Duffy Is the Minister aware that a respectable reason for high interest rates is the control of inflation?
▪ Bodies that are seen to move at a relatively high angular rate are nearby in space.
▪ Customers may be forced to borrow from inefficient banks or other financial institutions, probably charging higher interest rates.
▪ Aid workers say areas that were heavily bombed now have high rates of birth defects, sterility and mental retardation.
▪ He needs a high growth rate to pay for future debts.
▪ This is the highest rate for the month since 1992, when the rate was 9. 8 percent.
▪ Since then, this relationship has broken down and architects have enjoyed lower rates of unemployment relative to the national situation.
▪ In order to lock into today's low rates potential borrowers will have to agree to marginally higher rates than are really current.
▪ Most lenders offer low rates for the first couple of years only to raise them again in the future.
▪ The profit was the difference between the higher black market and lower official rate.
▪ This may be due to the lack of motivation and low rate of pay.
▪ That was the lowest rate of increase since March 1971, but was still faster than the growth in money supply.
▪ University College London Hospitals trust has the lowest death rate.
▪ A country renowned for its love of large, close families now has the lowest birth rate in the developed world.
▪ Your metabolic rate will fall; eating just average amounts of food will tend to make you fat.
▪ Aerobic exercise and reduced-calorie diets produce weight loss, but reduce the resting metabolic rate because they do not maintain muscle mass.
▪ And you can not safely ginger up your metabolic rate with drugs because of the risk from side-effects.
▪ Dieting may also depress the metabolic rate, he says, making it easier to gain weight the next time around.
▪ Bradymetabolism A low metabolic rate of heat production.
▪ There is some evidence that we can further increase the metabolic rate by taking regular aerobic exercise.
▪ Aerobic exercise increases the metabolic rate and the benefit continues for some hours after we have finished exercising.
▪ So to maximise the benefits to your metabolic rate, resolve never to crash diet again.
▪ Milton would get you theatre tickets, special hotel rates, restaurant reservations and still wonder if you needed anything more.
▪ Often advertising special rates on home repairs. 2.
▪ Those taking several trips abroad a year should consider special rates offered on annual cover.
▪ Adults lose special rates for specific jobs, shift pay, holiday pay and unsocial hours pay.
▪ The legion lost its power to recruit foreigners, and the special pay rates that rewarded tougher conditions.
▪ However, the restrictions imposed on these special rates tend to limit their usefulness for many advertisers.
▪ Weekly additional payments will no longer be available, and there will be no special householder rate.
▪ The policy review's top rate of income tax-50 percent - was too low, he said.
▪ That would push the top federal tax rate for these under-$ 60, 000 earners to 40 % or more.
▪ The top rate will be no more than 2.5 times the bottom rate.
▪ There are occasions when we have grudged paying a top rate, but been too cowardly to refuse.
▪ Instant access and top interest rates that rise as your balance grows.
▪ But the top rates do not benefit existing investors.
▪ A complicated points system could stop men in this type of role getting the top rates of pay.
▪ People in the south-east will be allocated to bands E, F, G and H and will pay the top rates.
▪ Since then the birth rate has recovered somewhat, leading to modest rates of natural increase.
▪ Difference in birth rates is clearly one reason.
▪ This fall reflects in particular the low birth rates of the 1920s and 1930s.
▪ However, the numbers are decreasing as the birth rate decreases generally.
▪ The high birth rates of the 1950s and 1960s are projected to increase the numbers of young elderly from 2011.
▪ Average birth rates for women in developing countries have fallen from six per woman to three in the past three decades.
▪ The birth rate will only be cut, however, if the health prospects of poor families are improved.
▪ Launch of drive to cut birth rate On June 13 the authorities ordered a nationwide drive to cut the birth rate.
▪ Over past years, locals had experienced increasing crime rates and a growing fear of crime.
▪ Violent crime rates have tripled, and overall illegitimacy rates have jumped from 5. 3 percent to 30. 1 percent.
▪ All those factors are linked to rising crime rates.
▪ They have seen crime rates and their feelings of physical insecurity rise, and their overall quality of life plummet.
▪ He failed to make only one comparison - that on crime rates.
▪ And the male crime rate during any nine-day period is still higher than the female crime rate during the premenstrual period.
▪ Any Government who are seriously concerned about dealing with the escalating crime rate must begin to tackle crime at its roots.
▪ Their crime rate was far lower than that of any other community.
▪ They've found that the death rate among patients treated early with penicillin was nearly half that of those who were not.
▪ But no country has yet managed to achieve a low birth rate while infant deaths rates remain high.
▪ As in all cities, the infant death rate in Washington fluctuates from year to year.
▪ Surprisingly, Northern Ireland has the third highest death rate from skin cancer in the world.
▪ For coronary heart disease alone, the death rate in that same 10-year period declined by 26 percent.
▪ Plasma lipid concentrations and death rates from ischaemic heart disease vary according to the method of infant feeding.
▪ Pedestrians crossing the street have a death rate seven times greater.
▪ The divorce rate rose from almost zero to 0.9 per cent in 1985 and 1.8 per cent in 1995.
▪ This is our answer to the tragically high divorce rate twenty-five years ago.
▪ Isn't the divorce rate high enough already?
▪ Empowerment increases the opportunity costs of children, prompting later marriages and increasing the divorce rate, similarly lowering fertility.
▪ However, if current divorce rates continue this will be true of many more in future.
▪ In 1961, before the Divorce Law Reform Act was introduced, the divorce rate was only 2.1.
▪ The national divorce rate dropped, if infinitesimally, from 1992 to 1994, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
▪ Many of them care less about the exchange rate than about what is shown on the chart on the right.
▪ They have to be persuaded, above all on the exchange rate.
▪ The one mechanism they have at their immediate disposal to stimulate growth is the exchange rate of their currencies.
▪ The second is via changes in the exchange rate.
▪ The change in the exchange rate would continue automatically until the price difference for cars had been eliminated.
▪ Fourth, the elimination of exchange rate uncertainty is likely to yield benefits in terms of higher growth rates of intra-union trade and investment.
▪ Floating and flexible rates Floating, or flexible, exchange rates imply a quite different adjustment process.
▪ Whatever the factors underlying the different growth rates, it is consistent with the uneven relationship emerging in the inter-war years.
▪ An even higher economic growth rate is not out of the question.
▪ Their growth rate or lack of it often reflects the quality of your tank care and water.
▪ Its sales at the turn of the decade were above $ 11 billion, continuing a healthy growth rate.
▪ That's some way below the industry's historical average growth rate of 17 per cent.
▪ Analysts said Disney should have no trouble returning to its 20 percent-plus growth rates next year.
▪ Friends of the Earth has had a similar growth rate in that period, so that its membership is now over 180,000.
▪ Past growth rates are not as good as they look, and the future will not be as good as the past.
▪ Pulse oximetry was used to monitor oxygen saturation and heart rate.
▪ After a minute of this, your heart rate has slowed by 20 percent.
▪ Then our heart rate climbs, steadily, until our ears are gulping on the new blood.
▪ Sometimes my heart rate is high, although my medical checkup was fine. 2.
▪ Exercise promotes beneficial changes in the body. Heart rate and blood pressure are lowered at rest and at exercise.
▪ During stages three and four, heart rate and breathing become very regular.
▪ This gives your maximum heart rate in beats per minute.
▪ Long-term, chronic anger also means increases in blood cholesterol and heart rates, and a decrease in immunity.
▪ This aided the operation of the fixed exchange rate system and helped to maintain a low inflation rate in the international economy.
▪ Does my right hon. Friend by any chance recollect the average inflation rate under the last Labour Government?
▪ Rational expectations catch up with the actual inflation rate.
▪ The average inflation rate under the last Labour Government was no less than the astonishing figure of 15 percent.
▪ There will exist no inflation rate differentials which could justify exchange rate changes, if they were available.
▪ The inflation rate for 1996 was 2. 1 percent, down from 2. 4 percent the previous year.
▪ Normally rising interest rates will depress the price of gilts by making their fixed interest payments less attractive to investors.
▪ Much of the $ 154 billion cut will come from lower interest rates.
▪ If banks lower the interest rates they charge to borrowers, they must also lower the rate they pay to depositors.
▪ Lower interest rates designed to pep up the corporate sector threaten to add more fuel to the consumer boom.
▪ It should be obvious without much discussion that the demand for money depends on the interest rate.
▪ The prospect of reduced interest rates also helped the share prices of those companies geared to easier credit.
▪ The center said the loan had a favorable interest rate and came two weeks after President Clinton signed a bill NationsBank supported.
▪ Indeed, newly issued bills will have to carry a larger discount to match the higher market rates.
▪ Renters who move into a vacated apartment face the rude awakening of the market rate an owner is permitted to charge.
▪ The higher the current market rate of interest, the lower will be the market price of existing bonds.
▪ The Bundesbank left its discount rate unchanged yesterday, after lowering a key money-#market rate Wednesday.
▪ Money market rates strengthened, however.
▪ This is like paying interest at the rate of 17 percent per year, when market rates are only 9 percent.
▪ The interest rate is fixed at drawdown and related to Money Market rates so can be cheaper than an overdraft.
▪ Such issues have interest rates that fluctuate with market rates.
▪ Let us turn now to the relationship between the chronic sickness and mortality rates.
▪ In passing, I might draw your attention to the dreadful morbidity and mortality rates of these compulsory surgeries.
▪ Since 1961 there has been a 19 percent decrease in the mortality rates for males aged 65 - 74.
▪ The mortality rate then rises, so that few will survive to L3.
▪ For these categories hospital 1 had the lowest perinatal mortality rates among the consultant units after adjustment for risk factors.
▪ By far the greatest effect on the crude mortality rates was when mortality rates due to immaturity were adjusted for low birth rate.
▪ The impact of social class has, however, been the same on the mortality rates of both sexes.
▪ Second, mortality rates have sometimes been used as a proxy for morbidity rates.
▪ But some warned that the impact of higher mortgage rates on wage negotiations risked increased pressure on prices in the months ahead.
▪ Lower fed rates help keep mortgage rates low.
▪ More societies are expected to announce mortgage rate increases during the Conservative Party conference this week.
▪ Analysts said lower mortgage rates have helped to spur demand for housing even as other parts of the economy have slowed.
▪ In May 1988, when the mortgage rate stood at 9.8 percent the same borrower was paying only £221.40.
▪ Fifteen-year mortgage rates inched up to 7. 15 percent from 7. 13 percent.
▪ But lower mortgage rates for everyone else just push up the price of homes.
▪ Helped along by the lowest mortgage rates in 20 years, those numbers grew during the fourth quarter of last year.
▪ SaO 2 and pulse rate data were analysed by two methods.
▪ In most patients, it is desirable to use dosages that maintain a pulse rate greater than 60.
▪ During the procedure pulse rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation were recorded every minute by the research nurse.
▪ I check out her pulse rate with my lips.
▪ The next question is, what type of training routine do you use to increase pulse rate?
▪ Oxford began the night teetering on the brink of the relegation zone and pulse rates soared as early as the second minute.
▪ But she wasn't looking up high enough to see something that shifted my pulse rate along a notch or two.
▪ Different conductors have different pulse rates and their tempi are often mathematical proportions of this.
▪ Of the 26,000 carats of diamonds dispatched, over 23,000 carats were recovered, a success rate of over 90%.
▪ Besides, the message will seem like criticism, and therefore your success rate will probably be low.
▪ The procedure can be done under local anaesthetic and has a success rate of over 90 percent.
▪ A 30-percent or 40-percent success rate in growing crystals is considered good.
▪ The success rates for each type of task are given in Table 4.10.
▪ There is a significant variation in success rates depending on representation.
▪ In the summary table the success rates are given to the nearest five percent.
▪ This well established course has a high success rate.
▪ And it could encourage harder work by reducing marginal tax rates.
▪ What marginal tax rate applies to taxable income which falls between $ 16, 000 and $ 20, 000?
▪ If tax rates are too high, firms' overall activity may fall.
▪ Some Democrats say it would require a relatively high tax rate near 20 percent to produce sufficient revenue.
▪ Table 16-2 shows that the first Thatcher government was able to reduce marginal tax rates substantially, especially for the very rich.
▪ To get a better picture of the tax burden one must consider average tax rates.
▪ For these commodities tax rates range from 50 to 90 percent.
▪ A balanced budget meant increasing tax rates and reducing public expenditure.
▪ Small firms provide a useful channel for re-allocating labour from large firms without increasing official unemployment rates.
▪ To understand the unemployment rate, we also need to know how long the jobless have been without jobs.
▪ Mining proposals continue to have the prospect of minimal impact on unemployment rates.
▪ The unemployment rate jumped to 9. 9 percent in December from 9. 3 percent in November.
▪ The real unemployment rate has topped 17 %.
▪ The unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, dropped from 3.9 to 3.6 percent.
▪ For the new classicals, high unemployment rates should not be the object of discretionary government intervention since they are mere epiphenomena.
▪ Despite a decade of government efforts to get the economy going again, the unemployment rate was still 17 percent in 1939.
▪ It is for these reasons that wage rates differ from one job to the next.
▪ If unemployment is classical, steps must be taken to reduce the real wage rate.
▪ In Fig. 11-7 the wage rates for labour in the two localities are shown on the vertical axis.
▪ But in what way do variations in effective demand alter the real wage rate?
▪ The evidence for the feelings of persecution came from the discussions of the fixing of wage rates by personnel managers.
▪ Thirdly, estimate the elasticity of the constrained labour demand function with respect to the real wage rate.
▪ Thus workers and managers will want to agree the wage rate for the coming year.
▪ The simplest models assume that earnings grow at a constant rate of g percent per year.
▪ By contrast, both imports and exports are expected to grow at a similar rate.
▪ And it is a problem that is growing at a rate of several thousand tonnes of waste a day.
▪ M3 grew at an annualized rate of just 1. 9 percent in the first 11 months of 1995.
▪ But businessmen are scared of missing out on an economy that is now growing at tigerish rates.
▪ There was also an admission that the demand for water is not growing at the rate Thames Water had earlier predicted.
▪ Throughout the nineteenth century output per person grew at a rate of 1.5 percent perannum.
▪ Excitement usually increases the rate of speech, raises the voice pitch and there may be more than usual gesticulation.
▪ The total cost curve increases at a decreasing rate over some range and then begins to increase at an increasing rate.
▪ Placing such tasks in context does not increase success rates but does alter the pattern of incorrect responses.
▪ Empowerment increases the opportunity costs of children, prompting later marriages and increasing the divorce rate, similarly lowering fertility.
▪ Population is increasing at the rate of 91 million people each year.
▪ Moreover, with the loanable funds theory it is hard to explain why a rise in income increases interest rates.
▪ Then plan to increase this rate to make sure of reaching the final approach point at the desired height.
▪ The average cost then increases at a slower rate and eventually approaches the marginal cost.
▪ If this were to inhibit credit expansion it could lead to lower interest rates.
▪ Less government borrowing reduces the demand for funds, which in turn leads to lower rates.
▪ Thus an increase in money supply will lower interest rates.
▪ For its part, the government concluded that lowering the population growth rate would enhance the prosperity of the nation.
▪ Some have taken advantage of the Tessa trap to lower savings rates.
▪ Some economists forecast the Bundesbank will take until April to lower the rate to 3. 40 percent by April.
▪ The initial effect of a higher money growth rate is to lower the interest rate.
▪ The Fed recently lowered the funds rate to 5. 50 % from 5. 75 %.
▪ Studies suggest that for improvements in aerobic capacity, you must raise your heart rate for at least 20 minutes per session.
▪ Blinder argued for lowering rates, and never officially dissented when the board was raising rates in 1994.
▪ But the industry fears Labour might have to raise interest rates to defend the pound.
▪ The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates many times to head off inflation and quality portfolios have not been damaged.
▪ Back in 1988 he had the nerve to raise interest rates on the eve of the Republican convention.
▪ Greenspan and the Open Market Committee decided to raise interest rates.
▪ Remember, one objective of Compacts is to raise the participation rate in education post-16. 15.
▪ Or you can raise the overall tax rate.
▪ It's better to reduce your cereal seed rate than to spend extra money on seed and then a growth regulator programme.
▪ It could start by reducing the property tax rate, charging everyone less, including Tucson residents.
▪ Clothiers in Gloucestershire did not reduce piece rates, and so weavers were able to profit from their enhanced productivity.
▪ A flat rate plan offers reduced rates but only if you call during non-peak hours.
▪ Any other task related to information in the table usually reduces success rate considerably.
▪ Defense officials had no immediate figures on the proposed reduced production rate.
▪ His ambition was to reduce the standard rate of tax to 25p in the pound by the next election.
▪ Thus Burton concludes from his discussion of employment subsidies in general that they are likely to increase rather than reduce the rate of inflation.
at a spanking pace/rate
▪ In the distance, ponies in long-shafted light chariots trotted at a spanking pace, the wheels spinning around.
nominal value/rate/income etc
▪ Additional effects are found from the growth in nominal income which is associated with an increase in own-country relative returns.
▪ Also barred would have been gifts, except for items of nominal value, such as shirts or mugs.
▪ However low nominal rates of interest go, they still remain positive in real terms.
▪ The nominal rate of interest has two components.
▪ The nominal value is meaningless and may be misleading, except in so far as it determines the minimum liability.
▪ The accumulated fund represents the nominal value of the net assets of the Law Society valued at historic cost.
▪ The box, with a nominal value of £5, was for the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow trust.
▪ The mean underwriting fee was 1.4 percent of the issue's nominal value.
premium price/rate
▪ Despite the premium rate, Mr Lowman claims that mortgage demand is still high at the moment.
▪ In return for premium service, such retailers charge premium prices.
▪ Insurance companies may collaborate in working out loss probabilities and this leads to uniformity in premium rates.
▪ Is he further aware that many industrialists believe that those high premium rates will cost us business and jobs?
▪ It operates via the regional electricity companies, which must pay a premium price for renewable energy.
▪ Most societies offer the cover with differing benefits, premium rates and periods allowed to make claims.
▪ Naturally, it is always our aim to keep our premium rates as competitive as possible.
▪ Worse, these disasters coincided with falling premium rates in almost every one of the market's businesses.
premium rate number/line/service
▪ Because of the high cost of providing and gathering this information, Climbline would not exist were it not a premium rate service.
▪ Choice has not been considered in premium rate services.
▪ That is certainly true in the context of telecommunications and, more specifically, in premium rate services.
the going rate/price/salary etc
▪ A million pounds is the going rate for an ordinary player in today's inflationary market.
▪ At the going rate of half a million dollars per minute, there is no time for truth.
▪ It typically is charged twice the going rate as the criminal inmates housed in the same facility.
▪ One can of C rations was the going rate.
▪ Or holiday-depending if he's got the brains to get the going rate on betrayal.
▪ State law now prohibits insurers from denying coverage to small businesses or charging them more than 20 percent above the going rate.
▪ What is the going rate for bodies in Cairo, Mr el Zaki?
▪ Who is it that sets the going rate for our work?
▪ £150 is the going rate for tickets for the concert.
▪ equipment that can load ships at a rate of 5000 tonnes a day
▪ Hotel rates advertised are per person, not per room.
▪ Individual children develop physically and emotionally at different rates.
▪ Nassau now has the third highest crime rate in the world.
▪ Our money was running out at an alarming rate.
▪ Our shop assistants are paid an hourly rate of £5.50
▪ Penicillin has a high success rate in treating bacterial infections.
▪ Prisoners escaped from the center at the rate of one every five days.
▪ Refugees were crossing the border at the rate of 1000 a day.
▪ The amount of light available will determine the plant's rate of growth.
▪ The State Bank charges lower rates on personal loans.
▪ There is a 40% unemployment rate in the region.
▪ There is a fixed rate for the job, regardless of how long it takes.
▪ We are able to offer a whole range of services at very reasonable rates.
▪ At any rate, the boat was scuttled, and there were stains on it that they thought were bloodstains.
▪ Class 1 contributions are paid by workers in employment and are deducted from their pay at the statutory rates.
▪ Now more companies issue cards and many are willing to cut rates or waive annual fees to snare each others' customers.
▪ Pay determination is also hampered by such factors as inflation rates and currency fluctuations against the pound.
▪ Sir Robin said foreign-exchange gains were helped by sterling's departure from the exchange rate mechanism.
▪ The water was thick and brown and went down through the top end of Spaladale at a fearful rate.
▪ While rates on Treasury securities plunged last year, the Federal Reserve resisted calls for large cuts in the rates it controls.
▪ Questions on health, self-care and education were all highly rated by over 70 percent of respondents.
▪ Of the 11 most highly rated wines, six were from California.
▪ He impressed last year on his rare appearances in the first team and is highly rated.
▪ Independence does not rate highly with them, whereas their health does.
▪ Commercialism was not a quality she rated highly, but protection of one's children from outsiders was.
▪ And all four burners are highly rated.
▪ Only words rated highly or this latter dimension were included in our lists.
▪ I didn't really rate his chances of living that long.
▪ How high do you rate my chances?
▪ But few analysts rate the chances of Washington's prefered successors very highly.
▪ But officials will not rate the survival chances above 50 percent until a month after birth.
▪ I didn't rate any chance of a retreat back down and could have so easily become trapped in between the pitches.
▪ The doctors rated his chances as virtually nil.
▪ He rates his chance of capturing the job as better than 30%.
▪ The supplementary method of assessing a Grand Prix star's chances is to rate his amatory performance.
▪ The poll found 29 percent rated his performance as good, 42 percent as fair and 19 percent as poor.
▪ Then add the following checklist and go through it to see how you rate your performance.
▪ Thirty-one percent of the 700 residents surveyed rated his performance as excellent / good and 34 percent called it fair.
▪ A different search might locate investments in your current portfolio, and another plug-in could rate their performance.
▪ They rate their performance as a lot better than average and are particularly interested in giving as well as receiving pleasure.
▪ In one newspaper poll last week, 69 percent of respondents rated his performance good to excellent.
▪ NatWest Securities raised its rating on the computer maker to accumulate from hold.
▪ Co. raised their rating on the stock today.
▪ In a 6-3 vote, the council raised rates 6 percent a year for the next three years.
▪ Our restaurant didn't even rate a mention in Beck's guide.
▪ But the experts rated Reno seventh for implementing the Clinton agenda.
▪ Internet Explorer and Netscape, for example, can restrict access according to a rating system.
▪ It is also rated the most competitive newly-industrialised economy by the World Competitiveness Report.
▪ Not all the celebrities rated badly however.
▪ Obviously, we can not rate course we do not play, but that does not mean that they are bad courses.
▪ Production becomes more important to the leader as his or her rating advances on the horizontal scale.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rate \Rate\ (r[=a]t), v. t. & i. [Perh. fr. E. rate, v. t., to value at a certain rate, to estimate, but more prob. fr. Sw. rata to find fault, to blame, to despise, to hold cheap; cf. Icel. hrat refuse, hrati rubbish.] To chide with vehemence; to scold; to censure violently; to berate.

Go, rate thy minions, proud, insulting boy!

Conscience is a check to beginners in sin, reclaiming them from it, and rating them for it.


Rate \Rate\, n. [OF., fr. L. rata (sc. pars), fr. ratus reckoned, fixed by calculation, p. p. of reri to reckon, to calculate. Cf. Reason.]

  1. Established portion or measure; fixed allowance.

    The one right feeble through the evil rate Of food which in her duress she had found.

  2. That which is established as a measure or criterion; degree; standard; rank; proportion; ratio; as, a slow rate of movement; rate of interest is the ratio of the interest to the principal, per annum.

    Heretofore the rate and standard of wit was different from what it is nowadays.

    In this did his holiness and godliness appear above the rate and pitch of other men's, in that he was so . . . merciful.

    Many of the horse could not march at that rate, nor come up soon enough.

  3. Valuation; price fixed with relation to a standard; cost; charge; as, high or low rates of transportation.

    They come at dear rates from Japan.

  4. A tax or sum assessed by authority on property for public use, according to its income or value; esp., in England, a local tax; as, parish rates; town rates.

  5. Order; arrangement. [Obs.]

    Thus sat they all around in seemly rate.

  6. Ratification; approval. [R.]

  7. (Horol.) The gain or loss of a timepiece in a unit of time; as, daily rate; hourly rate; etc.

  8. (Naut.)

    1. The order or class to which a war vessel belongs, determined according to its size, armament, etc.; as, first rate, second rate, etc.

    2. The class of a merchant vessel for marine insurance, determined by its relative safety as a risk, as A1, A2, etc.


Rate \Rate\, v. i.

  1. To be set or considered in a class; to have rank; as, the ship rates as a ship of the line.

  2. To make an estimate.


Rate \Rate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rated; p. pr. & vb. n. Rating.]

  1. To set a certain estimate on; to value at a certain price or degree.

    To rate a man by the nature of his companions is a rule frequent indeed, but not infallible.

    You seem not high enough your joys to rate.

  2. To assess for the payment of a rate or tax.

  3. To settle the relative scale, rank, position, amount, value, or quality of; as, to rate a ship; to rate a seaman; to rate a pension.

  4. To ratify. [Obs.] ``To rate the truce.''

    To rate a chronometer, to ascertain the exact rate of its gain or loss as compared with true time, so as to make an allowance or computation dependent thereon.

    Syn: To value; appraise; estimate; reckon.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"estimated value or worth," early 15c., from Old French rate "price, value" and directly from Medieval Latin rata (pars) "fixed (amount)," from Latin rata "fixed, settled," fem. past participle of reri "to reckon, think" (see reason (n.)). Meaning "degree of speed" (properly ratio between distance and time) is attested from 1650s. Currency exchange sense first recorded 1727. First-rate, second-rate, etc. are 1640s, from British Navy division of ships into six classes based on size and strength. Phrase at any rate originally (1610s) meant "at any cost;" weakened sense of "at least" is attested by 1760.


"to scold," late 14c., probably from Old French reter "to impute blame, accuse, find fault with," from Latin reputare "to count over, reflect," in Vulgar Latin, "to impute, blame" (see reputation). Related: Rated; rating.\n


"estimate the worth or value of," mid-15c., from rate (n.). Intransitive sense of "have a certain value, rank, or standing" is from 1809; specifically as "have high value" from 1928. Related: Rated; rating.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context obsolete English) The estimated worth of something; value. (15th-19th centuries) 2 The proportional relationship between one amount, value etc. and another. (from the 15th century) vb. 1 (context transitive English) To assign or be assigned a particular rank or level. 2 (context transitive English) To evaluate or estimate the value of. 3 (context transitive English) To consider or regard. 4 (context transitive English) To deserve; to be worth. 5 (context transitive English) To determine the limits of safe functioning for a machine or electrical device. 6 (context transitive chiefly British English) To evaluate a property's value for the purposes of local taxation. 7 (context transitive informal English) To like; to think highly of. 8 (context intransitive English) To have position (in a certain class). 9 (context intransitive English) To have value or standing. 10 (context transitive English) To ratify. 11 To ascertain the exact rate of the gain or loss of (a chronometer) as compared with true time. Etymology 2

vb. (context transitive English) To berate, scold.

  1. n. amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis; "a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5" [syn: charge per unit]

  2. a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit; "they traveled at a rate of 55 miles per hour"; "the rate of change was faster than expected"

  3. the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated" [syn: pace]

  1. v. assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide" [syn: rank, range, order, grade, place]

  2. be worthy of or have a certain rating; "This bond rates highly"

  3. estimate the value of; "How would you rate his chances to become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the Romans" [syn: value]

Rate (mathematics)

In mathematics, a rate is the ratio between two related quantities. Often it is a rate of change. If the unit or quantity in respect of which something is changing is not specified, usually the rate is per unit of time. However, a rate of change can be specified per unit of time, or per unit of length or mass or another quantity. The most common type of rate is "per unit of time", such as speed, heart rate and flux. Ratios that have a non-time denominator include exchange rates, literacy rates and electric field (in volts/meter).

In describing the units of a rate, the word "per" is used to separate the units of the two measurements used to calculate the rate (for example a heart rate is expressed "beats per minute"). A rate defined using two numbers of the same units (such as tax rates) or counts (such as literacy rate) will result in a dimensionless quantity, which can be expressed as a percentage (for example, the global literacy rate in 1998 was 80%) or fraction or as a multiple.

Often rate is a synonym of rhythm or frequency, a count per second (i.e., Hertz); e.g., radio frequencies or heart rate or sample rate.


Rate may refer to:

Usage examples of "rate".

At any rate she had a jesting air, and the bystanders noticed that she pronounced the words of her abjuration with a smile.

As, however, the aggregation caused by this salt travels down the tentacles at a quicker rate than when insoluble particles are placed on the glands, it is probable that ammonia in some form is absorbed not only by the glands, but passes down the tentacles.

Similarly, the Iraqis have always had abysmal maintenance practices, and an operational readiness rate of 65 percent is the norm in many combat units.

At the rate they were accelerating toward the inner surface, the braking needed to stop them would shortly exceed even the 1.

Mere minutes after the decoys had completed their burns, six COREs, accelerating at a terrifying rate, suddenly lifted out of orbit toward the decoys.

Court declared that: After a legislative body has fairly and fully investigated and acted, by fixing what it believes to be reasonable rates, the courts cannot step in and say its action shall be set aside because the courts, upon similar investigation, have come to a different conclusion as to the reasonableness of the rates fixed.

When that has been done, the burden rests on the regulated company to show that this item has neither been adequately covered in the rate base nor recouped from prior earnings of the business.

Combination rate-a discounted rate paid by an advertiser who commits to running space in various publications owned and operated by the same company.

Gloucestershire Bert went northward to the British aeronautic park outside Birmingham, in the hope that he might be taken on and given food, for there the Government, or at any rate the War Office, still existed as an energetic fact, concentrated amidst collapse and social disaster upon the effort to keep the British flag still flying in the air, and trying to brisk up mayor and mayor and magistrate and magistrate in a new effort of organisation.

The silvery aeroplane was rushing through the atmosphere at a great rate.

After numberless trials with fresh leaves immersed in a solution of this strength, I have never seen the aggregating action transmitted at nearly so slow a rate.

At any rate, it was believed at least in Prague and London that Hitler was about to launch aggression against Czechoslovakia.

At any rate, there are no pinnacles to the aisle buttresses on the north side, and, consequently, no flying buttresses.

Part of this desirable alkalizing effect would be negated if the stomach were to continue to produce its own acid secretions at a great rate after the food had left it.

That, at any rate, was the picture Alsa had painted in her piece about him.