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Word of the Week: 'rating'




  1. A position assigned on a scale; a standing.
  2. A classification according to specialty or proficiency, as of a member of the armed forces
  3. Chiefly British An enlisted person in the navy
  4. An evaluation of the financial status of a business or person: a credit rating
  5. A specified performance limit, as of capacity, range, or operational capability: the power rating of a light fixture.
  6. The popularity of a television or radio program as estimated by a poll of segments of the audience.


“By the looks of those ratings, my cancellation party may not remain a distant dream for long.”


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