rate above

rate above (someone or something)

1. To be considered more valuable, significant, or important than another person, thing, or group of people or things. I believe preserving the wellbeing of our fellow citizens rates above trying to maximize the profits of corporations. Although he is largely written off by music aficionados, he still rates above nearly every other singer on the billboards every time he releases a new album.
2. To consider someone or something to be more valuable, significant, or important than another person, thing, or group of people or things. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "rate" and "above." I wouldn't rate it above her other work, but it's still a very well-written piece of literature. We rate Sarah above any other lawyers in the city, so we have full confidence in her ability to handle this case on her own.
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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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More than one region in three has an unemployment rate above 10%; the regions recording unemployment rates above 15% are almost one out of five.
The research, published in the journal Heart, found that a resting rate above 81 bpm increased the risk of death further still.
Consider that in 1991 no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent, and in 1980 the national average for adult obesity was 15 percent.
Although average rents in midtown were higher during the dot-com boom in the late 90s and in 2000, a record volume of deals are currently being done for rents above $70 per s/f, what is considered a gateway rate above which rents are counted within the city's highest pricing brackets for office space
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1 percent, was the only other State with a rate above 7.
The firm predict the threshold for the 4% rate could therefore be lifted to start at pounds 750,000, with the loss in income possibly offset by the introduction of a new 5% rate above pounds 1m and perhaps even a 6% rate above pounds 1.
Stamp Duty rates to increase on houses between pounds 250,000 and pounds 500,000, and a new rate above that.
There is no evidence that raising the penalty rate above an already high 20 percent would increase the efficacy of the current penalty regime.
According to Diana Hull, president of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), the largest sending country, Mexico, has a fertility rate above 3.
That deluge ripped large boulders out of solid rock about 80 km downstream and carried them several kilometers further, suggesting a peak flow rate above 100,000 [m.
Credit extended under the secondary credit program is granted at a rate above the primary credit rate.
Upward pressure from food prices due to the cold weather in December took the underlying rate above last month's record lows.
Australia's wine exports have been increasing at a rate above 30 percent a year or by about $590 million in the past decade.