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. --South.
You seem not high enough your joys to rate. --Dryden.
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.” --Chapman.
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.
n 1: an appraisal of the value of something; "he set a high
valuation on friendship" [syn: evaluation, valuation]
2: act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of [syn: evaluation]
3: standing or position on a scale
4: rank in a military organization [syn: military rank, military