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Value, measure, or degree; a charge, payment, or price determined through the application of a mathematical formula or based upon a scale or standard.

For example, an interest rate is determined by the ratio between the principal and interest.

Rate is also used synonymously with tax.


noun amount, assessment, charge, cost, expense, fare, fee, hire, magno, obligation, pace, parvo emere, price, quotation, standard, tempo, valuation, value, velocity, worth
Associated concepts: legal rate of interest, rate of exchange


verb aestimare, appraise, apprize, assess, class, classify, compute, determine, esteem, estimate, evaluate, figure, fix the price of, gauge, grade, judge, measure, merit, price, quantify, rank, reckon, set a value on, tag, value, weigh
See also: amount, appraise, arrange, assess, assessment, calculate, caliber, charge, classify, cost, criticize, differential, duty, earnings, estimate, evaluate, expense, face amount, frequency, gauge, inveigh, levy, measure, organize, par, pigeonhole, price, quality, rebuke, reprehend, sum, tax, worth

RATE. A public valuation or assessment of every man's estate; or the ascertaining how much tax every one shall pay. Vide Pow. Mortg. Index, h.t.; Harr. Dig. h.t.; 1 Hopk. C. R. 87.

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Today, he's partnered with longtime film and television director Stan Lathan (Roc, Frank's Place) in Russell Simmons Visual Productions (RSVP) as the umbrella company for future films and television shows, as well as the Brillstein-Grey duo for Def Comedy Jam and a new comedy series called The Johnson Posse, described as "Married With Children in the projects.
The key to Russell's future now is to take the talent he has under his wing with Def Comedy Jam and translate that into films and television shows," says Nelson George.
While Berry Gordy may have been Simmons' entrepreneurial role model when he became a partner in Def Jam Recordings more than a decade ago, today Simmons is more likely to mention someone like music mogul David Geffen, chairman of the Geffen Records unit of MCA Inc.
The partnership between the brands of Def Jam and EA will bring a new level of excitement to the video game industry.
Def Jam VENDETTA promises to bring the exciting world of underground street fighting to life.
Def Jam VENDETTA will be published and distributed by EA for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo GameCube(TM) in early 2003.
Lead components of the Urban Leaguer Def Jam Reader program will include an interactive website, quarterly reading lists, a reading club membership rewards program, and one-day reading and technology festivals.
Other key elements of the Urban Leaguer Def Jam Reader program are advisory and selection councils that will guide the initiative and select the reading list materials.
The selection council will be responsible for choosing the Urban Leaguer Def Jam Reader reading materials.
The Island Def Jam Music Group consists of a multi-cultural and diverse family of artists formed little more than 3 years ago, and has fast become one of the most successful and profitable labels in the industry.
The Island Def Jam Music Group is a division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries around the world.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Records, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world.