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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.

  1. (context now rare English) scolded, rebuked. (from 16th c.) v

  2. (en-past of: rate)

Usage examples of "rated".

The results flashed back almost instantly: high in ascorbic acid and in several B-complex vitamins, as well as containing several highly rated flavor esters.

AS a resident of the everyday world, Weed Atman may have had his points, but as a Thanatoid he rated consistently low on most scales, including those that measured dedication and community spirit.

I am a Pilot of the Order, rated of the Third Class, seconded to the Ulama, serving with the Ecclesiarch Kahn, who has placed my Unit under your command.

For a device rated at perhaps a thousand hours, the Kookaburra Beacon had long outlived the company that had produced it.

Highly as he is to be rated among our lyrists, no one who reads through his fourteen hundred pieces can reasonably doubt that whatever may have been the influences, --wholly unknown to us,--which determined the contents of his volume, severe taste was not one of them.

The field was rated at a thousand kilos and there was no way a man or mue, no matter how string, could break its grip.

His brother officers rated him a very good fellow, but nicknamed him, in affectionate derision, Noddy Dauntry, to which he raised not the smallest objection, merely smiling sleepily, and saying that he never had been one of the downy ones.

Would you like to be rated as a captured Viet Cong enemy soldier or would you like to have your status upgraded to one of defector, rallier, a guy who surrendered.

Indeed such rattle as he rated it, Is it not strange, and passing precedent, That the illustrious chief of Government Should have uprisen with such indecent speed And strenuously replied?

Act for levying the necessary subsidy ordained that every alien made a denizen should be rated like a native, but that aliens who had not become denizens should be assessed at double the amount at which natives were assessed.

Denton which gunwise citizens of the Hub rated as a weapon for the precisionist and expert only.

I will even ask the mother to make for me a rare salmagundi which we lads, who were so rated by the Heer Governor, will ourselves give to him as our Thanksgiving offering, for the Heer Governor, so folk do say, doth rarely like the salmagundi.

Who the honoree was and why he or she rated a salutatory dinner was left to the imagination.

His name was Sheff Hassell, and he rated variously as a dealer in legitimate commodities to an owner of gambling joints.

And thus, when in a brief moment of chaos the power levels in the lasing cavity peaked over the maximum rated, or posssible, containment levels of the magnetic fields, the highly excited argon, and a bit of still unconverted anti-hydrogen, escaped the confinement.