- 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 rates
Rates are thought to be similar in developed countries around the world.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Not surprisingly, rates for recovery vary enormously, from as low as three percent to upwards of 75 percent.
Well into the post-2008 recovery, the country suffers from rates of labor participation at a 36 year low.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty|Joel Kotkin|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hepatitis B plays by the same rules, though the rates of transmission are about 10 times more frequent.
They endure further torment as rates of rape, domestic violence and early marriage skyrocket in times of crisis.
Steadiness of rates, on the other hand, is vital to a healthy state of trade.Railroads: Rates and Regulations|William Z. Ripley
He must be posted on rates and discounts, that he may cover his territory economically.
It was in vain to talk to him of the rates of foreign exchange in the mystic jargon of the Bourse.
In 1866 there was a further slight modification of the rates.The Development of Rates of Postage|A. D. Smith
I obeyed the impulse and went in and talked with the steamship agent of rates and the time of departure of the first steamer.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love|Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
- 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.