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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.