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be- +‎ rate (to scold, upbraid)


  • IPA(key): /bɪˈɹeɪt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪt
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berate (third-person singular simple present berates, present participle berating, simple past and past participle berated)

  1. (transitive) to chide or scold vehemently
    What society tells people, that they could "do whatever they want" to dissidents, and yet berates anyone for treating them well?
    • 1896, Gilbert Parker, Seats Of The Mighty, ch. 13:
      Gabord, still muttering, turned to us again, and began to berate the soldiers for their laziness.
    • 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars, ch. 21:
      A thousand times I berated myself for being drawn into such a trap as I might have known these pits easily could be.
    • 1917, Jack London, Jerry of the Islands, ch. 14:
      Lenerengo, as usual, forgot everything else in the fiercer pleasure of berating her spouse.
    • 2008, Alex Perry, "The Man Who Would Be (Congo's) King," Time, 27 Nov.:
      During the rally, he berates the crowd for their cowardice.
    • 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [1]
      France were supposedly a team in pieces, beaten by Tonga just a week ago and with coach Marc Lievremont publicly berating his players, but so clear-cut was their victory that much of the atmosphere had been sucked from the contest long before the end.


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  1. inflection of beraten:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative