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This tool allows you to find the grammatical word type of almost any word.

  • rate can be used as a noun in the sense of "An amount measured in relation to another amount." or "A price or fee determined in relation to a particular scale or standard." or "A price per unit for a service or product." or "The relative speed of change or progress." or "A measure of the frequency of a given event, typically expressed as the number of occurrences of the event for every thousand or hundred thousand people in the total population considered." or "Wages calculated in relation to a unit of time." or "A level of quality."
  • rate can be used as a verb in the sense of "To assign or be assigned a particular rank or level." or "To evaluate or estimate the value of." or "To consider or regard." or "To deserve; to be worth." or "To determine the limits of safe functioning for a machine or electrical device." or "(chiefly ) To evaluate a property's value for the purposes of local taxation." or "To like; to think highly of." or "To have position (in a certain class)." or "To have value or standing." or "To berate."

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For those interested in a little info about this site: it's a side project that I developed while working on Describing Words and Related Words. Both of those projects are based around words, but have much grander goals. I had an idea for a website that simply explains the word types of the words that you search for - just like a dictionary, but focussed on the part of speech of the words. And since I already had a lot of the infrastructure in place from the other two sites, I figured it wouldn't be too much more work to get this up and running.

The dictionary is based on the amazing Wiktionary project by wikimedia. I initially started with WordNet, but then realised that it was missing many types of words/lemma (determiners, pronouns, abbreviations, and many more). This caused me to investigate the 1913 edition of Websters Dictionary - which is now in the public domain. However, after a day's work wrangling it into a database I realised that there were far too many errors (especially with the part-of-speech tagging) for it to be viable for Word Type.

Finally, I went back to Wiktionary - which I already knew about, but had been avoiding because it's not properly structured for parsing. That's when I stumbled across the UBY project - an amazing project which needs more recognition. The researchers have parsed the whole of Wiktionary and other sources, and compiled everything into a single unified resource. I simply extracted the Wiktionary entries and threw them into this interface! So it took a little more work than expected, but I'm happy I kept at it after the first couple of blunders.

Special thanks to the contributors of the open-source code that was used in this project: the UBY project (mentioned above), @mongodb and express.js.

Currently, this is based on a version of wiktionary which is a few years old. I plan to update it to a newer version soon and that update should bring in a bunch of new word senses for many words (or more accurately, lemma).

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