- 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 ratesestimate, quota, percentage, amount, standard, figure, price, tax, cost, toll, tariff, pace, flow, time, count, appraise, consider, grade, evaluate, regard
Examples from the Web for rates
Contemporary Examples of rates
Rates are thought to be similar in developed countries around the world.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Not surprisingly, rates for recovery vary enormously, from as low as three percent to upwards of 75 percent.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
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
November 21, 2014
Hepatitis B plays by the same rules, though the rates of transmission are about 10 times more frequent.The CDC Was Wrong About How to Stop Ebola
October 1, 2014
They endure further torment as rates of rape, domestic violence and early marriage skyrocket in times of crisis.Are We Listening to Syria’s Women and Girls?
David Miliband, Melanne Verveer
September 26, 2014
Historical Examples of rates
He's dropped into a soft spot—he rates best in the percentage card.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Trains are slow, and rates often so high as to be prohibitory.
Rates fell in one year from $1.80 to 25 cents per hundred pounds.
Hence, if the rates fixed by the law were twenty-five per cent.
When these rates and the classification conflict, these rates will govern.
- 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.