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.

A movie gets a rating based on which audience it’s appropriate for – as in, rated G for kids or rated R for adults. When a TV show gets good ratings, then a lot of people watch it. Before you buy an expensive item, like a bike or an appliance, you can read its ratings online, and once you've tried it out, you can provide your own rating.

Primary Meanings of rating

standing or position on a scale
an appraisal of the value of something
Full Definitions of rating

n standing or position on a scale

Type of:
social or financial or professional status or reputation

n rank in a military organization

military rank, military rating, paygrade
flag rank
the rank of a flag officer
Type of:
relative status

n an appraisal of the value of something

evaluation, valuation
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too high a value or price assigned to something
too low a value or price assigned to something
the evaluation of something in terms of its price
the evaluation of something a second time (or more)
grade, mark, score
a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
bond rating
an evaluation by a rating company of the probability that a particular bond issue will default
price gouging
pricing above the market price when no alternative retailer is available
grade point
a numerical value assigned to a letter grade received in a course taken at a college or university multiplied by the number of credit hours awarded for the course
centile, percentile
(statistics) any of the 99 numbered points that divide an ordered set of scores into 100 parts each of which contains one-hundredth of the total
(statistics) any of nine points that divided a distribution of ranked scores into equal intervals where each interval contains one-tenth of the scores
(statistics) any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores
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appraisal, assessment
the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth

n act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of

grading, marking, scoring
evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score
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assessment, judgement, judgment
the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event

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