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rater

[rey-ter] /ˈreɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who makes rates or ratings.
2.
a person or thing that is of a specific rating (usually used in combination):
The show's star is a first-rater.
3.
Slang. any of various small, popular yachts belonging to standard classes.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; rate1 + -er1

rate2

[reyt] /reɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), rated, rating.
1.
to chide vehemently; scold.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English (a)raten, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian rata to reject
Related forms
rater, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for raters

rate1

/reɪt/
noun
1.
a quantity or amount considered in relation to or measured against another quantity or amount: a rate of 70 miles an hour
2.
  1. a price or charge with reference to a standard or scale: rate of interest, rate of discount
  2. (as modifier): a rate card
3.
a charge made per unit for a commodity, service, etc
4.
See rates
5.
the relative speed of progress or change of something variable; pace: he works at a great rate, the rate of production has doubled
6.
  1. relative quality; class or grade
  2. (in combination): first-rate ideas
7.
(statistics) a measure of the frequency of occurrence of a given event, such as births and deaths, usually expressed as the number of times the event occurs for every thousand of the total population considered
8.
a wage calculated against a unit of time
9.
the amount of gain or loss of a timepiece
10.
at any rate, in any case; at all events; anyway
verb (mainly transitive)
11.
(also intransitive) to assign or receive a position on a scale of relative values; rank: he is rated fifth in the world
12.
to estimate the value of; evaluate: we rate your services highly
13.
to be worthy of; deserve: this hotel does not rate four stars
14.
to consider; regard: I rate him among my friends
15.
(Brit) to assess the value of (property) for the purpose of local taxation
16.
(slang) to think highly of: the clients do not rate the new system
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin rata, from Latin prō ratā parte according to a fixed proportion, from ratus fixed, from rērī to think, decide

rate2

/reɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to scold or criticize severely; rebuke harshly
Word Origin
C14: perhaps related to Swedish rata to chide
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Word Origin and History for raters

rate

n.

"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" (prop. 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.

v.

"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.

"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.

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raters in Medicine

rate 1 (rāt)
n.

  1. A quantity measured with respect to another measured quantity.

  2. A measure of a part with respect to a whole; a proportion.

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Slang definitions & phrases for raters

rate

verb
  1. To merit; deserve: He rates a big cheer, folks (1920+)
  2. To be highly esteemed: What stunt did he ever pull that makes him rate? (1940s+)
Related Terms

first-rate


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