prorate

[proh-reyt, proh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), pro·rat·ed, pro·rat·ing.
  1. to divide, distribute, or calculate proportionately.

Origin of prorate

1855–60, Americanism; partial translation of pro rata
Related formspro·rat·a·ble, adjectivepro·ra·tion, noun
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Related Words for prorate

apportion, distribute, divide, allot, assess, portion, mete

British Dictionary definitions for prorate

prorate

verb
  1. mainly US and Canadian to divide, assess, or distribute (something) proportionately
Derived Formsproratable, adjectiveproration, noun

Word Origin for prorate

C19: from pro rata
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Word Origin and History for prorate
v.

also pro-rate, "divide proportionally," 1860, American English, verb derived from Latin pro rata (parte) (see pro rata). Related: Prorated; prorating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

prorate in Culture

prorate

To divide or distribute a sum of money proportionately. For example, if one owned an automobile for only three months, an insurance company would prorate the annual premium by charging only one-quarter of it.

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