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rating1

[rey-ting] /ˈreɪ tɪŋ/
noun
1.
classification according to grade or rank.
2.
assigned position in a particular class or grade, or relative standing, as of a ship or a member of the armed forces.
3.
the credit standing of a person or firm.
4.
Radio, Television. a percentage indicating the number of listeners to or viewers of a specific program.
5.
a designated operating limit for a machine, apparatus, etc., as of voltage, load, or frequency, based on specified conditions.
6.
an amount fixed as a rate.
7.
British. apportioning of a tax.
8.
Chiefly British. one of the enlisted personnel in the British navy.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; rate1 + -ing1

rating2

[rey-ting] /ˈreɪ tɪŋ/
noun
1.
an angry reprimand or rebuke; scolding.
Origin
1570-80; rate2 + -ing1
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  • 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 years.
  • It was scheduled to replace the big breakfast after declining ratings.
  • However, ratings soon fell, and the show was cancelled after its second season.
  • The production was a ratings success and was nominated for several awards.
British Dictionary definitions for ratings

rating1

/ˈreɪtɪŋ/
noun
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/
noun
1.
a sharp scolding or rebuke
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Word Origin and History for ratings

rating

n.

1530s, "a fixing of rates," verbal noun from rate (v.2). Meaning "a classification according to rates" is from 1764. Ratings of TV programs, originally radio programs, began 1930 in U.S. under system set up by U.S. pollster and market researcher Archibald M. Crossley (1896-1985), and were called Crossley ratings or Crossleys until ratings began to be preferred c.1947.

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