Rate Rate, v. t. & i. [Perh. fr. E. rate, v. t., to value at a certain rate, to estimate, but more prob. fr. Sw. rata to find fault, to blame, to despise, to hold cheap; cf. Icel. hrat refuse, hrati rubbish.] To chide with vehemence; to scold; to censure violently. --Spencer. Go, rate thy minions, proud, insulting boy! --Shak. Conscience is a check to beginners in sin, reclaiming them from it, and rating them for it. --Barrow., Rate Rate, v. i. 1. To be set or considered in a class; to have rank; as, the ship rates as a ship of the line. 2. To make an estimate., Rate 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 depended thereon. Syn: To value; appraise; estimate; reckon.