Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To divide, distribute, or assess proportionately.
  • intransitive v. To settle affairs on the basis of proportional distribution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To divide proportionately, especially by day; to divide pro rata.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To divide or distribute proportionally; to assess pro rata.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To assess pro rata; distribute proportionally.
  • To make arrangement or agreement on a basis of proportional distribution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. divide or assess proportionally
  • v. make a proportional settlement or distribution

Etymologies

From pro rata.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Now prorate that over a year, and figure out how much you'll be saving over seeing a local doctor and buying the meds in Mexico.

    Going bk to USA to get my meds?

  • The number consists of his $3.6 million salary, $1 million signing bonus proration (the signing bonus he received in February 2009), and his $21 million signing bonus from March that, due to creative contract restructuring on the part of the Redskins, did not prorate.

    Analysis: How would a Haynesworth trade financially impact the Redskins?

  • Due to Cap rules, the signing bonus following the voidable clause will not prorate through the remainder of the contract.

    Andrew Brandt: The $36 Million Mistake

  • That said, carriers now prorate termination fees, so your fee may not be so high if you're nearing the end of your contract.

    8 ways to cut your cell-phone bill

  • Teams can prorate signing bonuses and push Cap charges into future years (although that is not possible this year as there is no Cap next year).

    Andrew Brandt: The NFL Changing Before Our Eyes?

  • Most notably according to Smil, there would be vastly increased fixed land requirements for primary conversions, especially with all conversions relying on inherently inefficient photosynthesis whose power densities of are minuscule: the mean is about 450 mW/m2 of ice-free land, and even the most productive fuel crops or tree plantations have gross yields of less than 1 W/m2 and subsequent conversions to electricity and liquid fuels prorate to less than 0.5 W/m2.

    Energy transitions past and future

  • VELSHI: But that's something we've seen an evolution in, more and more prorate it which means as you get closer to the end of your contract --

    CNN Transcript Jun 8, 2008

  • That's some good news for Alltel customers, Verizon does have, it's a small step but they have a plan, they prorate their -- well all carriers have very hefty termination fees of $175 to $200.

    CNN Transcript Jun 8, 2008

  • The average vacation-home owner spends just 39 nights a year there, according to the National Association of Realtors, and when you prorate the costs -- property taxes, utilities and upkeep -- over such short stays, the per-night cost may exceed a stay at the Ritz Carlton.

    Man of Leisure

  • Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA all responded to the threat of government regulation by announcing they would follow Verizon's move last year to prorate fees for contract termination rather than forcing all customers to pay exit fees that run as high as $200.

    Verizon to Open Cell Network to Others' Phones

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