1. a person who pays a regular charge for the use of a public utility, as gas or electricity, usually based on the quantity consumed.
  2. British. a person who pays rates; a taxpayer of the local government.

Origin of ratepayer

First recorded in 1835–45; rate1 + payer
Related formsrate·pay·ing, adjective, noun
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  1. a person who pays local rates, esp a householder
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