All About the French Word Rater

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The French word rater, pronounced "ra tay," can have several meanings, including to misfire, miss, fail, bungle, miscarry, or to mess up. 

Examples and Common Expressions

Fais attention! Le fusil peut rater. - Be careful! The rifle could misfire.

Elle a raté le train pour Paris. - She missed the train to Paris.

Le project a raté parce que Paul n'y a pas contribué. - The project failed because Paul didn't contribute to it.

Tu as raté ta vie! - You've messed up your life!

Related: un raté - failure, flop, misfiring (of a gun or motor)