A rating is a valuation or rank on a scale. Hotels are often ranked from zero to five stars, so a fancy hotel with loads of amenities (like a pool and plush bathrobes) will usually have a five star rating.


act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of

an appraisal of the value of something; "he set a high valuation on friendship"

standing or position on a scale

rank in a military organization

p. pr. & vb. n.
of Rate


Usage Examples

With gridlock the norm, Congress's approval rating is below 10 percent and the public has lost faith in its national leadership.

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Other Usage Examples

Politics thrives on simple, clean messages, something that played to Obama's advantage in 2008. Stagnant unemployment and the loss of America's AAA rating are as simple and tough as they come. This is the economy on Obama's watch, and there's no one left to blame.


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