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  1. (obsolete) The worth of something; value. [15th-19th centuries]
  2. The proportional relationship between one amount, value etc. and another. [from the 15th century]
  3. Speed. [from the 17th century]
  4. The relative speed of change or progress. [from the 18th century]
  5. The price of (an individual) thing; cost. [from the 16th century]
  6. A set price or charge for all examples of a given case, commodity, service etc. [from the 16th century]
  7. A wage calculated in relation to a unit of time.
  8. Any of various taxes, especially those levied by a local authority. [from the 17th century]
  9. (nautical) A class into which ships were assigned based on condition, size etc.; by extension, rank.
  10. (obsolete) Established portion or measure; fixed allowance; ration.
  11. (obsolete) Order; arrangement.
  12. (obsolete) Ratification; approval.
  13. (horology) The gain or loss of a timepiece in a unit of time.
  1. (transitive) To assign or be assigned a particular rank or level.
  2. (transitive) To evaluate or estimate the value of.
  3. (transitive) To consider or regard.
  4. (transitive) To deserve; to be worth.
  5. (transitive) To determine the limits of safe functioning for a machine or electrical device.
  6. (transitive, chiefly Britain) To evaluate a property's value for the purposes of local taxation.
  7. (transitive, informal) To like; to think highly of.
  8. (intransitive) To have position (in a certain class).
  9. (intransitive) To have value or standing.
  10. (transitive) To ratify.
  11. To ascertain the exact rate of the gain or loss of (a chronometer) as compared with true time.
  1. (transitive) To berate, scold.
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