rate below

rate below (someone or something)

1. To be considered less valuable, significant, or important than another person, thing, or group of people or things. I personally believe that trying to maximize the profits of corporations rates below preserving the wellbeing of our fellow citizens. His music is very popular across the globe, even though he tends to rate below most "serious" musical artists.
2. To consider someone or something to be less 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 "below." It's still very well-written, but I would probably rate it below her other work. I have to rate my last driver below others I've had through your service. He was very unprofessional.
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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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The Swedish central bank has kept its interest rate below zero.
The loan was for a ten-year term with an interest rate below 5.
With Japan's total fertility rate below replacement level, women marrying later than they did in the past or not at all, and the population rapidly aging and shrinking, the government has taken innovative steps to avoid demographic disaster.
With your help, we are managing to keep the attrition rate below 4 percent -- half of what is was last year, and the lowest in recent history.
A bank in Germany has taken its rate below zero after the ECB took its rates below zero months before.
We ultimately were able to secure long-term financing at an interest rate below six percent with a conduit lender.