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As nouns the difference between rate and award

is that rate is rot (process of something decaying or rotting ) while award is (legal) a judgment, sentence, or final decision specifically: the decision of arbitrators in a case submitted.

As a verb award is

(legal) to give by sentence or judicial determination; to assign or apportion, after careful regard to the nature of the case; to adjudge; as, the arbitrators awarded damages to the complainant.



Etymology 1

From (etyl), from . (wikipedia rate)


(en noun)
  • (obsolete) The estimated worth of something; value.
  • * 1599 , William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet , V.3:
  • There shall no figure at such rate be set, / As that of true and faithfull Iuliet.
  • The proportional relationship between one amount, value etc. and another.
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  • Speed.
  • * Clarendon
  • Many of the horse could not march at that rate , nor come up soon enough.
  • The relative speed of change or progress.
  • The price of (an individual) thing; cost.
  • A set price or charge for all examples of a given case, commodity, service etc.
  • A wage calculated in relation to a unit of time.
  • Any of various taxes, especially those levied by a local authority.
  • (nautical) A class into which ships were assigned based on condition, size etc.; by extension, rank.
  • (obsolete) Established portion or measure; fixed allowance; ration.
  • * Spenser
  • The one right feeble through the evil rate / Of food which in her duress she had found.
  • (obsolete) Order; arrangement.
  • * Spenser
  • Thus sat they all around in seemly rate .
  • (obsolete) Ratification; approval.
  • (Chapman)
  • (horology) The gain or loss of a timepiece in a unit of time.
  • daily rate'''; hourly '''rate ; etc.
    Derived terms
    * at any rate * exchange rate * flat rate * interest rate * mortality rate * failure rate * rate limiting


  • To assign or be assigned a particular rank or level.
  • She is rated fourth in the country.
  • To evaluate or estimate the value of.
  • They rate his talents highly.
  • * South
  • To rate a man by the nature of his companions is a rule frequent indeed, but not infallible.
  • To consider or regard.
  • He rated this book brilliant.
  • To deserve; to be worth.
  • The view here hardly rates a mention in the travel guide.
  • * 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 101:
  • Only two assistant district attorneys rate corner offices, and Mandelbaum wasn't one of them.
  • To determine the limits of safe functioning for a machine or electrical device.
  • The transformer is rated at 10 watts.
  • (transitive, chiefly, British) To evaluate a property's value for the purposes of local taxation.
  • (informal) To like; to think highly of.
  • The customers don't rate the new burgers.
  • To have position (in a certain class).
  • She rates among the most excellent chefs in the world.
    He rates as the best cyclist in the country.
  • To have value or standing.
  • This last performance of hers didn't rate very high with the judges.
  • To ratify.
  • * Chapman
  • to rate the truce
  • To ascertain the exact rate of the gain or loss of (a chronometer) as compared with true time.
  • Synonyms
    * (have position in a certain class) rank

    Derived terms

    * rating

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


  • To berate, scold.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Go, rate thy minions, proud, insulting boy!
  • * Barrow
  • Conscience is a check to beginners in sin, reclaiming them from it, and rating them for it.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , John IX:
  • Then rated they hym, and sayde: Thou arte hys disciple.
  • * , I.56:
  • Andronicus'' the Emperour, finding by chance in his pallace certaine principall men very earnestly disputing against ''Lapodius about one of our points of great importance, taunted and rated them very bitterly, and threatened if they gave not over, he would cause them to be cast into the river.
  • * 1825 , Sir (Walter Scott), , ch.iv:
  • He beheld him, his head still muffled in the veila man borne down and crushed to the earth by the burden of his inward feelings.
  • * 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), '', book 2, ch.XV, ''Practical — Devotional
  • The successful monk, on the morrow morning, hastens home to . The successful monk, arriving at Ely, is rated for a goose and an owl; is ordered back to say that (Elmset) was the place meant.





    (wikipedia award)


    (en noun)
  • (legal) A judgment, sentence, or final decision. Specifically: The decision of arbitrators in a case submitted.
  • (legal) The paper containing the decision of arbitrators; that which is warded.
  • A trophy or medal; something that denotes an accomplishment, especially in a competition. A based on merit.
  • (obsolete) Care, keeping.
  • *, Bk.VIII, Ch.ix:
  • *:Than the kynge for grete favour made Tramtryste to be put in his doughtyrs awarde and kepying, because she was a noble surgeon.
  • A negotiated minimum wage that is set for a particular trade or industry; an .
  • *1970 , Kenneth Frederick Walker, Australian Industrial Relations Systems , p.242,
  • *:The AMIEU[(Australian Meat Industry Employees Union)] first developed into a powerful organisation in the early years of the twentieth century, and after the first industry-wide collective agreement was made in 1911, collective bargaining prevailed in the industry until 1917, when the employers sought an award' from the Queensland Industrial Court. The first ' award was issued on March 12, 1918.
  • *2000 , Mark Wooden, The Transformation of Australian Industrial Relations , p.42,
  • *:A further 17 per cent responded that the agreement replaced ‘most’ aspects of the award', leaving the large majority (67 per cent) claiming that the agreeement replaced only ‘some’ aspects of the ' award .
  • *2007 , (Australian Bureau of Statistics), 2007 Year book, Australia , p.182,
  • *:Employees whose pay is set by ‘award' only’ are those who have their pay set by an '''award''', and who are not paid more than the ' award rate of pay.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (legal) To give by sentence or judicial determination; to assign or apportion, after careful regard to the nature of the case; to adjudge; as, the arbitrators awarded damages to the complainant.
  • * Dryden
  • To review / The wrongful sentence, and award a new.
  • To determine; to make or grant an award.
  • to give an (prize) for merit
  • He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


    * (make or grant an award) crown

    Derived terms

    * awardee * awarder