To speed or chide vehemently to scold
- censure severely or angrily
- To speed or chide vehemently; to scold.
1540s, from be- "carefully" + center English rate "to scold" (belated 14c.), from Old French reter "accuse, fault," from Latin reputare (see reputation). "Obsolete except in U.S." [OED first ed.], but it seemingly have revived in Britain 20c. Associated: Berated; berating.
(v. t.) To price or chide vehemently; to scold.