1 [rey-ting]
classification according to grade or rank.
assigned position in a particular class or grade, or relative standing, as of a ship or a member of the armed forces.
the credit standing of a person or firm.
Radio, Television. a percentage indicating the number of listeners to or viewers of a specific program.
a designated operating limit for a machine, apparatus, etc., as of voltage, load, or frequency, based on specified conditions.
an amount fixed as a rate.
British. apportioning of a tax.
Chiefly British. one of the enlisted personnel in the British navy.

1525–35; rate1 + -ing1

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2 [rey-ting]
an angry reprimand or rebuke; scolding.

1570–80; rate2 + -ing1

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rating1 (ˈreɪtɪŋ)
1.  a classification according to order or grade; ranking
2.  (in certain navies) a sailor who holds neither commissioned nor warrant rank; an ordinary seaman
3.  sailing a handicap assigned to a racing boat based on its dimensions, sail area, weight, draught, etc
4.  the estimated financial or credit standing of a business enterprise or individual
5.  radio, television a figure based on statistical sampling indicating what proportion of the total listening and viewing audience tune in to a specific programme or network

rating2 (ˈreɪtɪŋ)
a sharp scolding or rebuke

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action of verb "to rate" (see rate (n.)), 1534. Ratings of TV programs, originally radio programs, began 1930 in U.S. under system set up by Archibald M. Crossley, and were called Crossley ratings or Crossleys until ratings began to be preferred c.1947.
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rate 1 (rāt)

  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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Example sentences for ratings
In subsequent evenings, he led the ratings on all occasions but one.
The show was canceled after a significant ratings drop during its fifth season.
The ratings, attendance, and participation have continued to grow over the
It was scheduled to replace the big breakfast after declining ratings.
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