- a tax on property for some local purpose.
- any tax assessed and paid to a local government, as any city tax or district tax.
verb (used with object), rat·ed, rat·ing.
verb (used without object), rat·ed, rat·ing.
- in any event; in any case.
- at least: It was a mediocre film, but at any rate there was one outstanding individual performance.
Origin of rate1
Synonyms for rate
verb (used with or without object), rat·ed, rat·ing.
Origin of rate2
Related Words for rateestimate, quota, percentage, amount, standard, figure, price, tax, cost, toll, tariff, pace, flow, time, count, appraise, consider, grade, evaluate, regard
Examples from the Web for rate
Contemporary Examples of rate
At any rate, policy can enforce equal rights and foster equal opportunity.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
The rate of violent crime had nearly doubled, so Republicans took ownership of that issue.The GOP and Police Unions: A Love Story
December 12, 2014
And the rate reaches 94 percent for unauthorized foreign men.The Case for More Low-Skill Immigration
Veronique de Rugy
December 7, 2014
The rate of partner violence dwarfs the number of women who experience sexual assault from a stranger (7%).The Hidden Link Between Women and War
December 3, 2014
This week, they launched a review section that will allow users to rate dispensaries on things like “quality” and “ambience.”Colorado Weed Dispensaries Celebrate ‘Green Friday’
November 28, 2014
Historical Examples of rate
At any rate, I won't be coward enough to try to hide it from her.
This one, at the rate I have observed, will not last so long.
At any rate, she has less freedom and more obligations under her contract.
At any rate, if the lady of the house objected to it, it could return with Mistress Randall.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
It is the superintendent of the factory in our village—a man rich, or, at any rate, well-to-do.
- a price or charge with reference to a standard or scalerate of interest; rate of discount
- (as modifier)a rate card
- relative quality; class or grade
- (in combination)first-rate ideas
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for rate
Word Origin for rate
"estimated value or worth," early 15c., from Old French rate "price, value" and directly from Medieval Latin rata (pars) "fixed (amount)," from Latin rata "fixed, settled," fem. past participle of reri "to reckon, think" (see reason (n.)). Meaning "degree of speed" (prop. ratio between distance and time) is attested from 1650s. Currency exchange sense first recorded 1727. First-rate, second-rate, etc. are 1640s, from British Navy division of ships into six classes based on size and strength. Phrase at any rate originally (1610s) meant "at any cost;" weakened sense of "at least" is attested by 1760.
"to scold," late 14c., probably from Old French reter "to impute blame, accuse, find fault with," from Latin reputare "to count over, reflect," in Vulgar Latin, "to impute, blame" (see reputation). Related: Rated; rating.
"estimate the worth or value of," mid-15c., from rate (n.). Intransitive sense of "have a certain value, rank, or standing" is from 1809; specifically as "have high value" from 1928. Related: Rated; rating.
see at any rate; at this rate; x-rated.