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

  • transitive v. To rebuke or scold angrily and at length. See Synonyms at scold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To chide or scold vehemently; to lecture or rate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To rate or chide vehemently; to scold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chide vehemently; scold.

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

  • v. censure severely or angrily

Etymologies

be- + rate2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From be- +‎ rate (“to scold, upbraid”), from Middle English raten ("to scold, chide"), from Old Norse hrata ("to refuse, reject, slight, find fault with"), from Proto-Germanic *hratjanan, *hratōnan (“to sway, shake”), from Proto-Indo-European *krad- (“to swing”). Cognate with Swedish rata ("to reject, refuse, find fault, slight"), Norwegian rata ("to reject, cast aside"), Old English hratian ("to rush, hasten"). (Wiktionary)

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