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 History of this Word

"rate" is from "reri" (calculate) spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
firstrate
secondrate
third-rater

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-rate" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates quality level. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-rate illustration In my opinion he is a toprate journalist.
-rate illustration You were always a secondrater and you always will be.