To chide with vehemence; reprove; scold; censure violently.To affect by chiding or reproving; restrain by vehement censure.To utter vehement censure or reproof; inveigh scoldingly: with at.n. A reckoning by comparative values or relations; proportional estimation according to some standard; relative amount, quantity, range, or degree: as, the rate of interest is 6 per cent. (that is, $6 for every $100 for every year); the rate per mile of railroad charges. expenses, or speed; a rapid rate of growth or of progress.n. Charge or valuation according to a scale or standard; comparative price or amount of demand; a fixed measure of estimation.n. A fixed public tax or imposition assessed on property for some local purpose, usually according to income or value: as, poor- rates or church- rates in Great Britain.n. A proportion allotted or permitted; an allotment or provision; a regulated amount or supply.n. A relative scale of being, action, or conduct; comparative degree or extent of any mode of existence or procedure; proportion in manner or method: as, an extravagant rate of living or of expenditure. See at any rate, at no rate. below.n. Hence Mode or manner of arrangement; order; state.n. Degree, rank, or estimation; rating; appraisement: used of persons and their qualities.n. The order or class of a vessel, formerly regulated in the United States navy by the number of guns carried, but now by the tonnage displacement.n. In the United States navy, the grade or position of any one of the crew: same as rating, 2.n. In horology, the daily gain or loss of a chronometer or other timepiece.n. Synonyms Assessment, Impost, etc. See tax.To reckon by comparative estimation; regard as of such a value, rank, or degree; hold at a certain valuation or estimate; appraise; fix the value or price of.To assess as to payment or contribution; fix the comparative liability of, for taxation or the like; reckon at so much in obligation or capability; set a rate upon.To fix the relative scale, rank, or position of: as, to rate a ship; to rate a seaman.To determine the rate of, or rate-error of, as a chronometer or other timepiece. See rate, n., 10.To have value, rank, standing, or estimation: as, the vessel rates as a ship of the line.n. A ratification.To ratify. To rate the truce they swore.n. A reproof; specifically, in hunting, a reproof to a dog.n. under these circumstances; if this goes on; etc.To fix at a rate of transportation: as, freight was rated as low as possible.To convey or transport at a given rate.Having missed fire, literally or figuratively; having failed.n. One who has failed; a person who is a failure.