- 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.
- ratchet effect,
- ratchet jack,
- ratchet wheel,
- rate base,
- rate card,
- rate of exchange,
- rate of return,
- 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
verb (used with or without object), rat·ed, rat·ing.
Origin of rate2
Examples from the Web for rate
At any rate, policy can enforce equal rights and foster equal opportunity.
The rate of violent crime had nearly doubled, so Republicans took ownership of that issue.
And the rate reaches 94 percent for unauthorized foreign men.
The rate of partner violence dwarfs the number of women who experience sexual assault from a stranger (7%).
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’|Abby Haglage|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
House-rent is recorded at the rate of thirty dollars a year.Quaker Hill|Warren H. Wilson
Experience, at this rate, would be much like a paint of which the world pictures were made.Essays in Radical Empiricism|William James
"But Delphine at any rate loves her father," he said to himself.Father Goriot|Honore de Balzac
At any rate, if this be not strictly true,22 my mind is the most important and dominant element within me.
And there are, at any rate, some leading principles that I feel justified in laying down with confidence.Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it|Francis E. Anstie
- 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.