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1. adjective Excellent; of the best or highest possible quality or rank. That movie was positively first-rate! The tiny nation boasts a first-rate healthcare system.
2. adverb Very well; superbly; fantastically. I hear Joanna did first-rate on her exams last week.

at any rate

in any case; anyway. At any rate, what were we talking about? At any rate, I don't think you should quit your job.
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at that rate

in that manner; at that speed. If things keep progressing at that rate, we'll be rich by next year. At that rate we'll never get the money that is owed us.
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at this rate

at this speed; if things continue in the same way. (Usually of a pessimistic view.) Hurry up! We'll never get there at this rate. At this rate, all the food will be gone before we get there.
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going rate

the current rate or the current charges for something. The going interest rate for your account is 10 percent. Our babysitter charges us the going rate.
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rate (someone or something) above (someone or something else)

to judge someone to rank higher than someone else; to judge something to rank higher than something else. Do you rate Alice above Valerie? I rate chocolate ice cream above vanilla.
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rate someone or something among something

to judge someone or something to be essentially equal to something. I rate Polly among the best of this year's class. We rate these contestants among the best ever.
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rate someone or something as something

to assign a particular rating to someone or something. I rate her as a number four. The judge rated my cake as second place.
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rate (someone or something) below (someone or something else)

to judge someone to rank lower than someone else; to judge something to rank lower than something else. I have to rate Carol below Donna in this regard. We all rate plain chocolate ice cream below rocky road ice cream.
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rate (someone or something) with (someone or something else)

to judge someone or something to be equal to someone or something else. I rate Fred with Don. They are equally good. Vanilla is very nice, but I don't rate it with chocolate ice cream.
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rate something at something

to assign a particular level of rating to something. I rate this brand at about a B-. The broker rated this stock at a buy.
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rate something below something else Go to rate someone or something below someone or something

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rate with someone

to be in someone's favor; to be thought of highly by someone. Ann is great. She really rates with me. She doesn't rate with me at all.
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at any rate

more exactly at (the very) least I don't think they liked my idea - at any rate, they weren't enthusiastic.
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at a rate of knots

  (British & Australian)
if someone does something at a rate of knots, they do it very quickly
Usage notes: The speed a boat travels is measured in knots.
She did her homework at a rate of knots so that she could go out with her friends.
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at any rate

In any event, whatever the case may be; also, at least. For example, At any rate, I promise to be there even if I'm a little late, or It may not pay well, but at any rate it's a job. [Early 1600s] Also see in any case.
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at this rate

Also, at that rate.
1. Progressing at this (or that) speed, as in At this rate we'll never finish in time. [Mid-1600s]
2. Under these circumstances, in that case. For example, At this rate they'll never settle their differences. [Late 1700s]
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Sexually explicit, vulgar, or obscene, as in This film should be X-rated; it's not suitable for children. This expression alludes to a rating system established for motion pictures, in which films rated X may not be viewed by persons under the age of 17. [c. 1970]


mod. cheap; low-priced. Where are your cut-rate sweaters?

at any rate

1. Whatever the case may be; in any case: You should at any rate apologize.
2. Used to indicate a revision or correction to a previous remark: We were delighted, or at any rate satisfied, with the results.
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Gumbinger, vice president at rate tracker HSH Associates.
A quarter percentage point increase in the prime interest rate causes only an eighth of a percentage point increase in mortgage rates.
As expected, the rate hike has already impacted the short term borrowing rates (especially LIBOR-based indices) for real estate investors.
And the faster productivity grows, the higher the maximum sustainable rate of growth of output--that is, the faster output can grow without the threat of overheating and triggering higher inflation.
ii) The sudden reversal of the rate reductions will undermine investor confidence in the stability of Ontario's fiscal regime because business investments were made in Ontario during the past two years based on the short-lived promise of reduced tax rates.
Unbundling rating from the policy management system also makes it possible for the company's employees, agents and consumers to use browser-based user interfaces to get accurately priced, real-time quotes over the Internet, intranets and other property/casualty supply chain networks--using the exact same rates as the company's internal systems.
Overall employment growth was brisk, and by June the unemployment rate reached its lowest level in six years.
Or you can condition the agreement on whether or not the rate moves beyond a specified range.
Mortality rates were decreasing; interest rates were stable or slowly increasing.
These two advantages will be examined on the basis that the investor has one given average combined tax rate of Federal and state income taxes during working years and one average tax rate during retirement years.
This perspective contends that community rating increases premiums for young people who cannot afford to pay higher insurance rates.
Solidification time is a function of the casting volume and surface area, mold heat extraction rate, pouring temperature and the thermal properties of the solidifying metal.
He plans to pay for the construction by refinancing his 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at an interest rate of 5.
This week's rate was the lowest since the mortgage giant began tracking 30-year mortgage rates in 1971.
If you can afford higher monthly payments but still like the security of a fixed rate, consider a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, which lets you own your home in half the time - perhaps before your children start college or you reach retirement.